Sulis is a Celtic goddess worshipped at Bath in Britain, formerly known as Aquae Sulis or “the waters of Sulis.” She was far-famed as a healing deity, and her temple and its thermal springs drew people from far and wide. While Sulis is best known as a healer, her worshippers prayed to her regarding other matters as well, such as the recovery of lost or stolen items, or justice against evil-doers.

Sulis was sometimes identified by the Romans with their goddess Minerva by way of the interpretatio romana.

Some suggest that Sulis is etymologically linked to the continental mother goddesses known as the Suleviae but this is by no means certain.


Sulis received a great number of votive and dedicatory offerings from her worshippers at her temple at Bath. She is well known not because of her breadth of worship but because of that single, very important site.

Several theories exist for the origins of Sulis’ name. One suggests that Sulis is derived from the Proto-Celtic *suli or “vision, sight” (which could relate to her healing abilities) while another connects the goddess’ name to the Indo-European *suel- or “sun,” concepts not necessarily unrelated.

Sulis had a great temple at the thermal springs at Bath in England, known then as Aquae Sulis or “the waters of Sulis.”

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Bath, England