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Re: Re: (no subject) --Mesopotamia

  • Subject: [iris-photos] Re: Re: (no subject) --Mesopotamia
  • From: "Neil A Mogensen" neilm@charter.net
  • Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2005 20:51:05 -0500

Karl, the word literally is "middle [of the] river land"--meaning between the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers.  The present day Iraq covers pretty much the same area. 
Some other names which covered that geography or parts of it were Chaldea, Babylon, Assyria (in the north), Sumeria or Sumer (in the south)--which is where Ur is/was--and from where Abraham originally came.
As to Linnaeus, that is a Latinized version of the Swedish name, Linne, which oddly got turned into "von Linne" which is a German form and an honorific.  The Swedish botanist lived in the 1700's.
Neil Mogensen

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