Tuesday, March 02, 2010


Mountain Mammonomastics

This post supplements Grand Teton.

Pausanias 2.26.4 (on Phlegyas' daughter, pregnant by Apollo, tr. W.H.S. Jones; see also 2.27.7):
In the country of the Epidaurians she bore a son, and exposed him on the mountain called Nipple at the present day, but then named Myrtium.

ὡς δὲ ἐν τῇ γῇ τῇ Ἐπιδαυρίων ἔτεκεν, ἐκτίθησι τὸν παῖδα ἐς τὸ ὄρος τοῦτο ὃ δὴ Τίτθιον ὀνομάζουσιν ἐφ᾽ ἡμῶν, τηνικαῦτα δὲ ἐκαλεῖτο Μύρτιον.
Eric Thomson tells me that Martin Martin, in A Description of the Western Isles of Scotland (1703), was the first to mention the Paps of Jura:
The isle is mountainous along the middle, where there are four hills of a considerable height. The two highest are well known to sea-faring men by the name of the Paps of Jura. They are very conspicuous from all quarters of sea and land in those parts.

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