Attested: AI iter 13 Blestio
Where: Monmouth, where an early Roman fort has long been suspected but only recently discovered at about SO507128, close to the confluence of the rivers Monnow and Wye.
Name origin: Blestium probably meant something like ‘sticking out’, like so many words traceable to PIE *bhel- ‘to swell’, including βλαστος ‘shoot, bud’, plus blister, bluster, blade, bloom, etc. This would reflect its position as an outpost ahead of the initial Roman “stop line” on the Fosse Way.
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