Maridunum

Attested:  Ptolemy 2,3,24 Μαριδουνον, a πολς of the Δημηται;  Muriduno on iter 12 of the Antonine Itinerary

WhereCarmarthen fort at SN417204

Name origin:  PIE *mori- ‘body of water’ has descendants in many languages, with a wide range of vowels between M and R.  Celticists prefer to cite a meaning of ‘sea’, but in most ancient place names (including Carmarthen) the topography is more compatible with a meaning of ‘marsh’.  See also about dunum.

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