Attested: (1) Ptolemy 2,3,28 Νοιομαγος, a πολις of the Ρηγνοι; RC Navimago regentium
(2) RC Noviomagno. (3) AI iter 2 Noviomago
Where: (1) Chichester Roman civitas capital at SU854044.
(2) Old Sarum hillfort at SU 13773267 (often misdescribed as *Sorviodunum).
(3) West Wickham Roman settlement (Cook and McCarthy 1933; Philp 2002), south of London by the source of the river Ravensbourne, at about TQ379649, located by AI’s mileage figures.
Name Origin: Noviomagus was a common name throughout the Roman Empire. France alone has 3 definite and 12 probable instances. The Novio- part naturally means ‘new’, but is confusable with *navis ‘river, while the -magus part naturally meant something like ‘power place, administrative centre’, from PIE *magh- ‘to have power’.
Notes: TP’s name fragment MADUS might be one of these places. See Caesaromagus for more discussion of -magus.
Last Edited: 22 May 2016