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How Did The Continents Get Their Names?

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240 million years ago there was one giant mega-continent called Pangaea. Things were simpler then, you could walk from South Africa to Greenland and Switzerland had tropical beaches. But then Pangea broke up and things are complicated. Today we have 7 continents or 5 or if you're really cool 4, it mostly depends on what language you speak and what century it is. Regardless of how many there are, they all have names. But what is an Africa? What does Asia mean? And is Australia a filthy name thief? Well, Let's Find Out.

Pangaea map from here https://www.earthbyte.org/paleomap-paleoatlas-for-gplates/


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Sources and Further Reading:

The Myth of Continents: A Critique of Metageography, by Martin W. Lewis and Kären Wigen
A Greek-English Lexicon by Scott Liddell
Terra Cognita The Mental Discovery of America - Eviatar Zerubavel
Robert Steven Paul Beekes, Lucien van Beek - Etymological Dictionary of Greek (vols. 1 & 2)
West, Martin Litchfield - Indo-European poetry and myth
Encyclopedia of Geography - Barney Warf

https://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.04.0029%3Atext%3Dcomm%3Apoem%3D3
CALLINUS, Testimonia
http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.01.0198%3Abook%3D14%3Achapter%3D1%3Asection%3D4

The History of Herodotus https://www.sacred-texts.com/cla/hh/hh4040.htm
http://www.radicalcartography.net/?etymomap
Kadmos and Europa, and the Phoenicians, Robert S. P Beekes https://www.robertbeekes.nl/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/b118.pdf
Documents in Mycenaean Greek by Michael Ventris, John Chadwick https://archive.org/stream/in.ernet.dli.2015.70035/2015.70035.Documents-In-Mycenaean-Greek_djvu.txt
THE NAMING OF AMERICA: FRAGMENTS WE'VE SHORED AGAINST OURSELVES
BY JONATHAN COHEN https://www.jonathancohenweb.com/america.html
https://www.jonathancohenweb.com/marcou-paper-1890.pdf
https://www.jonathancohenweb.com/Inter_America-1918.pdf
https://www.jonathancohenweb.com/marcou-1.html

https://web.archive.org/web/20190627022921/http://michel-desfayes.org/namesofcountries.html

https://archive.org/stream/cosmographiaeint00walduoft/cosmographiaeint00walduoft_djvu.txt
Full text of "The Cosmographiae introductio of Martin Waldseemülle, followed by The four voyages of Amerigo Vespucci, with their translation into English

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-waldseemuller-map-charting-the-new-world-148815355/?c=y&page=1

“The Berbers.” Journal of the Royal African Society, vol. 2. Geo. Babington Michell.
https://zenodo.org/record/1782363

Hellenosemitica: An Ethnic and Cultural Study in West Semitic Impact on Mycenaean Greece by Michael C. Astour
https://books.google.nl/books?id=NMkUAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA128&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false

The Homeric Hymn to Apollo https://chs.harvard.edu/chapter/ch-13-the-homeric-hymn-to-apollo-and-the-text-of-iliad-11/


https://www.gns.cri.nz/Home/News-and-Events/What-s-new/The-origin-and-meaning-of-the-name-Te-Riu-a-Maui-Zealandia


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