Navimago regentium

AttestedNavimago regentium at position 44 in the Ravenna Cosmography

Where:  It has become customary to emend this name to *Noviomagno *regnentium and to locate it at Chichester or else the grand villa at Fishbourne attributed to a client king ?Togodumnus

Name Origin:  Latin navis meant ‘ship’, but in place names it seems to have meant river.  Either way, this site should be beside water.  The -magus part was a common element in early place-names, such as Maromago, and probably meant something like ‘power place, administrative centre’, from PIE *magh- ‘to have power’.  The regentium part is Latin for ‘of the rulers (plural)’.

Notes:  Another possible candidate (which does not fit the order of names in the Cosmography so well) is the promontory fort jutting into the river Itchen at Bitterne, which used to be assigned (probably wrongly) to Clausentum.  See about Ptolemy's Ρηγνοι people for a discussion of the difficulties raised by Reg-, in an area where the Cosmography also lists Regno and Raxtomessasenua.

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