Οκταπιταρον ακρον

Attested:  Ptolemy 2,3,2  Οκταπιταρον (or Οκταπoταρον) ακρον

Where:  St David’s Head, Pembrokeshire, the westernmost point of Wales, whose furthest offshore rock is at SM651226.

Name origin:  Greek, compounded from οκτα- prefix from οκτω ‘eight’ and απιτεον ‘one must go away’, plus ακρον ‘extremity’.  Good advice for any ancient sailor.

Notes:  Eight sounds like a suspiciously exact number, considering that the offshore rocks there (called Bishops and Clerks) are an untidy straggle, but at the scale used in modern road maps just eight are visible!

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Last Edited: 18 June 2016