Ordovices

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.

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Last Edited: 26 April 2016