Attested: Tacitus Ordovicas, Ordovices; Ptolemy Ορδουικες
Where: People in northern Wales.
Name origin: In Roman law, Latin ordo meant ‘governing council’, of a town or people, while vicus meant a small, Romanised, self-governing area (Tarpin, 2002). It is easy to misunderstand
these elements, particularly since vicus is now routinely misused to mean ‘extramural settlement’. So Ordovices described the social/administrative arrangement in a particular area, not necessarily an ethnic group or political unit.
Notes: R&S deserve a comedy prize for their ‘hammer fighters’ suggestion.
Last Edited: 26 April 2016