Λιμνου

Attested:  Ptolemy 2,1,12   Λιμνου

WhereDalkey Island just off the Irish coast near Dublin, from Ptolemy's coordinates, according to Kleineberg, Marx & Lelgemann (2012).

Name origin:  Greek λιμην ‘harbour’ lost its second vowel in many derivatives, such as λιμνος ‘stagnant pool’ or Λιμναι, a place in Athens.  The Greek island of Lemnos has a slightly similar name, possibly from Phoenician.

Name origin:  Dalkey Island is deserted today, just as Ptolemy described, but it seems inappropriately small to have much standing water or a harbour of its own.  Maybe it was significant as a marker for the big harbour of Dublin, or maybe the much bigger Nose of Howth peninsula was a true island in the past.

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Last edited: 12 June 2019
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