Navimago regentium

AttestedNavimago regentium at position 44 in the Ravenna Cosmography

Where:  Uncertain.  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.  However, it may be better to look elsewhere, and a strong candidate is the promontory fort jutting into the river Itchen at Bitterne, which used to be assigned (probably wrongly) to Clausentum.

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:  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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