> Date: Tue, 15 Apr 1997 14:22:56 +0000
> From: Shae <[log in to unmask]>
> My understanding is that it was named 'Great' to distinguish in from
> 'Little' Britain, which was the name for Britanny.
> Both places were
> named after a Celtic tribe, the Brithonii (sp?), who occupied present
> day southern England and northern France, and who gave both places
> their names.
This is more of a problem. There probably was no "tribe" after which they
were named. They were named after the common denomination for the
inhabitants of the Island of Britain (of course, the old versions for
it range from Britannia in Caesarian tradition to Pretani for its
inhabitants I think in Ptolemaios to Prydain in the early Welsh
tradition), of which a number moved over to Britanny (little Britain)
during the 6th century AD, mainly. Before that Britanny was called
Aremorica after the tribe of the Aremoricii.
RAY (Raimund Karl,University of Vienna,Dep.of Prehistory)
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