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Re: Tamesis/Tamia
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1500  Thursday 26 August 1999.

From:           Abigail Quart <
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Date:           Wednesday, 25 Aug 1999 13:26:28 -0400
Subject: 10.1490 More on Tamesis/Tamia
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1490 More on Tamesis/Tamia

John Phillip Cohane's book, The Key, is a feast of Tama/Thames names
(especially Chapter 19). He quotes The Concise Oxford Dictionary of
Place-Names as saying "Thames...The name is a Brit river-name, cognate
with Sanskr Tamasa, the name of a tributary to the Ganges,
tamasa-'dark,' Lat tenebrae etc. Cf. tame. The name means 'dark river.'"

Don't forget Tiamat, the Babylonian goddess who "personified all the
waters of the globe, the oceans, seas, rivers, and lakes." Or Themis,
"the first wife of Zeus," who "personified Darkness and Night."
 

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