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Monday Meme: Picture of Me with a Body of Water Behind Me [ Monday, 03 Aug 09 | 20:29 ]
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Me and the Mediterranean again
Tarragona overlooking the Roman amphitheatre.
Photo taken by Ruben in September of 2008.
Me and the Mediterranean again.

In Roman times, Tarragona was named Tarraco (Ταρρακών) and was capital of the province of Hispania Tarraconensis (after being capital of Hispania Citerior in the Republican era). This was back in the time when Barcelona was more of a “backwater” than a “world city”.

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[User Picture]From: muckefuck
Monday, 03 Aug 09 | 22:00 (UTC)
Enllaç trencat!
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[User Picture]From: ursine1
Wednesday, 05 Aug 09 | 12:11 (UTC)

Thanks!

I hope your nuptials go well!

Chuck
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[User Picture]From: ursine1
Wednesday, 05 Aug 09 | 12:11 (UTC)

But what's up with the Greek spelling?

Before the Romans arrived, the Greeks were there, and before them the Phoenician, and before them… There was less Greek presence than Phoenician in Tarragona and the Romans did a lot of "urban renewal".

The Phoenicians, who called the place 'Tarchon, which supposedly means a citadel. This name was probably derived from its situation on a high rock, between 700 and 800 feet (250 m) above the Mediterranean. It's interesting that many of these ancient towns were situated on hills so that they could be better defended.

Chuck
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