Attested: Tacitus Agricola 38,2: In finis Borestorum exercitum deducit
Where: The north of Scotland
Name Origin: Latin boreas ‘the north’ from Greek Βορεας from PIE *gwerə- ‘mountain’.
Notes: See here for a suggestion, attributed to Stan Wolfson, that Tacitus' text should be amended to Boreos totum, thereby implying casual use of a Greek loan-word, not the existence of a tribe of northerners. Notice the similarity to the curious name Poreoclassis.
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Last edited: 26 July 2018