AttestedTermonin at position 17 in the Ravenna Cosmography

Where:  Probably the small Roman fort at Topsham, beside the river Exe at SX96128865, serving as the port for the legionary fortress at Exeter, listed before it in the Cosmography.

Name Origin:  Latin terminus/termo ‘boundary’, related to, or derived from, Greek τερμων ‘boundary’.  Etymological dictionaries discuss the ablauting second vowel and whether the abstract concept of an ‘end’ developed from the physical reality of a stone marker.

Notes:  Saying that this port was at the end of a Roman road from Exeter no longer seems an adequate explanation.  Was this explicitly considered a limit of Roman control?

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