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 λιμνος ‘pool’ seems inappropriate for an island too small to have significant standing water, and which Ptolemy described as deserted, as it is today.  Maybe λιμην ‘harbour’ is a better parallel, referring to the adjacent Dublin Bay.

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Last Edited: 20 June 2016