--- In cybalist@..., alexmoeller@... wrote:
in the 8th century, Bulgaria was
> occupied by the Rhékinos, the Blakhorékhinos and the
> [Moeller] Question: is there any connection to do with the
*****GK: Some feel this could mean "the Vlachs of Rhincos" (where R.
is a river name).
I have always been curious about the Constantinopolitan district
called "Blachernae" (Vlachernai). Location of a famous Church of the
Theotokos, and of an Imperial palace (or two), it is supposed to have
been named after one "Blachern, duke of the Scythians", who was
killed there. Now just musing along: the Vlachernai was also the name
of one of the seven hills on which Constantinople (in emulation of
Rome) was founded. If this episode with "Blachern" occurred at a time
when the city was still Byzantium, and not as extensive, could this
have been an event of the Gothic wars of the 3rd c., with
this "Scythian" Blachern being a Gothic warlord? Might Blachern be
construed as a Gothic name? -ern could have Celtic (Vortigern in
English rendition) Germanic (the Visigoth chieftain Fritigern or
Fridigern) and even, I think, Iranic affinities. What
could "Blachern" mean in Germanic? And would the "Blach" (actually
Vlach) element have anything to do with the "foreign word"? I.e. that
this "Blachern" would have been named so because of a Roman (to the
Goths) mother or something of that nature? Is this at all possible?