Celtic River-Names of the Northern Pontic Area Revisited

Publication type Article
Status Published
Affiliation: Institute for Linguistic Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences
Address: Russian Federation, Saint Petersburg
Journal nameVestnik drevnei istorii
EditionVolume 80 Issue 4

The article discusses a number of North Pontic hydronyms which are identified as Celtic in recent publications. The author shows that there are no reasons to believe that Axiaces and Rhode, recorded by ancient authors, are Gaulish in origin. This supports the advocated view that Eastern Europe in general does not provide evidence of Celtic origins of some river names. Methodological issues of the toponymic analysis are touched upon, as well as considerations regarding the so-called “Illyrian” and Thracian layers of the toponymy of the area.

Keywordshydronyms, toponyms, North Pontic area, Celtic, Gaulish, Thracian, “Illyrian”
Publication date28.12.2020
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