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Names & consistency

Post  maximinus on Thu Mar 25, 2010 9:28 am

A friend pointed out yesterday that Rhodes might have been called Rhodus by the Romans. I looked into this and it seems that Rhodus is the Greek version of the name (which means that actually half the empire would have called it by this name).

However, it raises an important point, which is how we decide what to call cities / places. I'm not bothered as to what method we use, as long as we are consistent. To my mind, we should just use the Latin names for everywhere on the map, unless there is no accurate Latin name - I'm thinking of maybe some cities in the Hindu Kush that may well have been unknown to the Romans.
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Re: Names & consistency

Post  maximinus on Sun Apr 11, 2010 11:46 pm

Part of the problem is that we are looking at a period of around 800 or so years, I'm sure the names must have changed in Latin in that period.

Also the eastern part of the Empire spoke Greek (or a few other languages).
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Post  SlyStalker on Sat Jan 12, 2013 7:27 pm

I think maybe the names of the cities should be the names that the historical 'owners' of the city would call it eg. Rome, Athens, Britannica etc... Keep us posted!

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