From: Piotr Gasiorowski
----- Original Message -----From: x99lynx@...Sent: Monday, April 08, 2002 6:16 AMSubject: [tied] Balkan?
"The first time the word Balkan was mentioned was in a letter written by an Italian humanist, writer and diplomat, Buonaccorsi Callimarco [actually Callimaco] for a mountain in northern Bulgaria, in 1490. He took the Turkish name Bal.kan which meant 'woody mountain.'"
Now, I don't know the details on how Callimaco heard the name. But it occurs to me that Balkan doesn't have to have been a Turkish name for anything specific in this scenario, but rather just a misunderstanding on Callimaco's part. I.e., he thought the Turkish word for a simple description of a piece of land was a proper name. Again, I don't know where Callimaco got his information from or in what form he ended up writing the word <balkan>. He appears to have gotten his information about the Romanians in Poland and I
don't know if he ever visited Bulgaria or not.