Duroliponte

Attested:  AI iter 5 Duroliponte

Where:  Cambridge Roman town on Castle Hill around TL44455926

Name origin:  Duro ‘crossing’ plus PIE *lei- ‘to flow’ plus PIE *pont-/*pent- ‘path.

Notes:  The development of ‘wet’ words beginning with L and of the ‘path’ word towards Latin pons ‘bridge’ is not certain, and there is no evidence how the river Cam and its marshes were crossed in Roman times.  Delamarre (2018) has drawn attention to Lip- as an element in names meaning something like ‘to leave’ and the original location of Roman Cambridge was near Magdalene Brdge, where the river Cam left its flood plain.

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Last edited: 29 December 2018