Why is the “Ancona” is called so?

8 February 2019turismomarche
Let’s go to our beautiful capital city of the Region, and analyze it from a linguistic point of view and not only.

As you know, Ancona is one of the obligatory stops for people who would like to visit Marche. It is not just the Capital of the Region, it is also important for its beautiful monuments and beaches. A place where you can get lost and walk, where you can taste the local products and where you can discover the history. In fact, like many other towns of the Marche, Ancona was one of the places at the crossroads of many important events. Its past echoes through the heritage that is come down to our days: the Cathedral, the Arch of Trajan, the Passetto, the Mole Vanvitelliana and much more.

Even his name tells us much of this the past. Ancona comes from the ancient Greek Ἀγκών or Ankón. The inhabitants were called ἀγκωνίτες (anconìtes) and this is because it was founded by greeks from Syracuse. Before them, there was a so-called emporio Greek-piceno and its toponym should date back to that time. Ankón (Ἀγκών) refers to the meaning of “elbow” that was the place where was practiced the cult of Diomedes. Revered as a benefactor, Diomedes, according to the myth, was the hero of righteousness, the son of Tideo and Deipile. He was one of the heroes of the achaeans in the war of the Epigones, and in that of Troy.

Then the meaning is Greek, as indeed, for the Paola Conero – κόμαρος (kòmaros) – which means “strawberry tree” literally the Conero is the hill of arbutus trees. The arbutus is a tree present in the forests of the Conero, and that produces a red fruit very important for the veneration of the cult of Dionysus.

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