Manulodulo colonia

AttestedManulodulo colonia at position 99 in the Ravenna Cosmography

Where:  At or near Camulodunum (Colchester), fixed by its position in RC’s list.

Name origin:  Richmond & Crawford suggested that Manulodulo was a scribal error for Camuloduno, which seems highly likely.

Notes:  Since such an error would be more than a simple metathesis or spoonerism, it is worth wondering if the name as spelled could have originated from outsiders' comments on the place.  Since the nearest parallel to -dulo is δουλος ‘slave’, maybe the colonia was full of manumitted (freed) slaves.  Or maybe the implication was sexual, since manuleatus was used to describe the dress sense of the emperor Caligula, from Latin manulea ‘long sleeve’, related to manicae, which also meant ‘manacles’.

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