Blestium

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 originBlestium 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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Last Edited: 12 August 2016