Attested: RC Tagea
Where: Probably the Roman fort at Ardoch, at NN839099, by the river Knaik, near Braco, Perthshire, with several surrounding camps. Described by Woolliscroft and Hoffmann (2006:90-7).
Name origin: Tagea matches Greek ταγεια, the office of Tagus (Greek ταγος), commander or ruler, a concept developed particularly in Thessaly, northern Greece. Ταγεω ‘to be ruler’ probably descended from PIE *tag- ‘to set in order’ A similar, and possibly confusable, PIE root *deuk- ‘to lead’ survived in OE -toga ‘leader’ and in compounds such as Heretoga Ďarmy commanderí, cognate with Herzog.
Notes: The title Prasutagus of the Iceni and a possible reading *takos on an inscribed stone from northern Italy have been described as “Celtic”, but there is no reason to doubt the Graeco-Latin provenance of Tagea and its likely function as the control centre for the chain of forts and signal stations along the Gask ridge.
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Last edited: 7 February 2019
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