Ιηνα

Attested:  Ptolemy 2,3,2  Ιηνα estuary

Where:  Probably the Cree estuary near Wigtown, with a wide mouth around NX4951

Name Origin:  Greek ιηνα was the aorist form of the verb ιαινω ‘to melt, to warm, to cheer’.

Notes:  A sense of melting could fit the river Cree, which is particularly silty, with the extensive Baldoon sands at its mouth.  Ptolemy gave almost the same coordinates for the place Λουκοπιβια, which appears to contain επιβυω ‘to stop up’.

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Last Edited: 6 August 2016