Attested: Ravatonium at position 209 in the Ravenna Cosmography
Where: Probably the Roman fort at Inverquharity, Angus, NO40515814, near the river South Esk.
Name Origin: A river in India now called Ravi comes from Sanskrit sravat ‘river’ suggested as a parallel by Rivet & Smith. Latin ravus ‘grey-yellow’ does not seem obviously applicable. So, by default, the least bad parallel seems to be ravine, from French ravin, which has no known Latin precursor closer than rapio ‘to seize’, from PIE rep- ‘to grab, rip out, ravish. It fits the northern side of this fort, which ends in an almost sheer river cliff.
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