Ουακομαγοι

Attested:  Ptolemy 2,3,13 Ουακομαγοι

Where:  A tribe in eastern Scotland, between the Tay and the Moray Firth, with 4 πολεις, at Βανατια (near Comrie), Ταμεια (near Perth), Πτερωτον στρατοπεδον (Burghead), and Τουησις (Speymouth).

Name Origin:  ‘Militia power’, with first element from *weg- ‘to be strong’ (which led in English to wake and watch) and second element from *magh- ‘to be able, to have power’ and/or *magh- ‘to fight’.

Notes: Rivet and Smith's discussion is unhelpful.  If Tacitus was right that 30 thousand native warriors fought at Mons Graupius, assembled from a catchment area whose total population cannot have exceeded 200 thousand, that implies a remarkable social duty to turn out and fight.

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Last edited 8 January 2020