Magiovinium

AttestedMagiovinto on iter 2, Magiovinio; iter 6, and Magionvinio on iter 8 of the Antonine Itinerary

Where:  The Romano-British small town where Watling Street crossed the river Ouzel at SP888338, on Dropshort Farm, near Fenny Stratford, on the outskirts of Milton Keynes.

Name originMagius was a well-attested Roman name of a gens ‘clan’ and one of the battle sites attributed to Arthur by the Historia Brittonum was at Guinnion fort, where the best parallel seems to be Gothic winja ‘pasture’.

Name origin:  At this unremarkable location on a Roman main road, Magiovinium sounds like the forerunner of a motorway service station, an early equivalent of ‘Maggie's Diner’!

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