Attested:  Mela III,6,54 7 Haemodae;  Pliny Natural History 4, 103 7 Acmodae

Where:  Probably the Shetlands, since they were described as towards Germany

Name origin:  Most likely from Greek ακμη ‘high point’.

Notes:  Pomponius Mela wrote in about AD 43, before Roman exploration of Britain, so any knowledge of Shetland probably came from Pytheas..

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