Monday, June 07, 2004

Chic Chirac

" . . there can be no future without memory . . "
Jacques Chirac, Arromanche, 6 June, 2004 at the commemoration of the AD 1944 Landings.

Note his good Gallo-Roman name: Carius-acum (Roman Estate of Carius) > Chir-ac. Similarly: Cognac ! Rifiac ! Bergerac ! Armagnac ! etc. But is it still true that not one single rural Roman name of this type survives in UK?

re AD 0043, similar size fleet crossing the Channel the other way, I have been re-reading John Manley's excellent recent book: AD 43 the Roman Invasion of Britain - a reassessment (Tempus 2002) ISBN 0 7524 1959 5 and copies may be ordered via the Assn. for Roman Archaeology Books Page.

2 Comments:

At 7 June 2004 at 14:58, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BTW, Bebbington, in _London Street Names_ (1972), writes on page one: " . . in considering street names the Roman Londinium can almost be ignored - not a name, not a street remains from that period . . . . apart from the City Wall and a few straight highways in the suburbs, nothing survived . ."

 
At 9 June 2004 at 06:47, Blogger modusoperandi said...

re Roman Place-Names: it would be interesting to add some pages on this topic to the ARA website. How about also starting a new weblog that could follow in the footsteps of Rivet and Smith and note fresh views and identifications?

 

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