AttestedZerdotalia at position 108 in the Ravenna Cosmography

Where:  Somewhere in the Peak District, possibly Melandra Castle Roman fort at SK00899505.

Name origin:  As written, this name is mysterious, but emendation to *Sacerdotalia would make perfect sense because of Latin sacerdotalis ‘priestly’.  That would require taking two letters from the preceding name Aquis Arnemeza, which is spelled differently in all three Cosmography manuscripts, with its final two letters appearing as –za, –ze, and –ya.

Notes:  Was some poor monastic copyist baffled by an ink splotch over that word division?

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