What was the original name of Arras in northern France given to it by its founders the Atrebates?


BQ: What is the most likely reason it was named this?

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago
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    The capital was called Nemetacum (and sometimes Nemetocenna), then it took the name Atrebates (or Atrebatii) after the founders, then the name was finally corrupted into Arrasnow, then shortened to Arras.

    The name Nemetacum is derived from the Gaul word "nemeton" which means "sanctuary, or "sacred grove". It was named that because that area was inhabited by the Gauls and Nemetona was a goddess of theirs. She was the goddess of the sacred grove.

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