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Old 03-27-2012, 09:14 PM
 
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Why is it that Georgia has these cities named after strongholds in Ancient History? What immediately comes to mind is Athens, Rome and Augusta. If you know of others, add those to the list. Still, what's the reasoning for naming cities in a prior colony settled predominately by the English after cities in Italy and Greece?
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Old 03-27-2012, 10:18 PM
 
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Augusta?
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Old 03-27-2012, 10:53 PM
 
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Augusta?
Augusta is a town in Sicily, right above Syracuse, a place of historical/archaelogical importance. My thinking is that it could also be some reference to Caesar Augustus. Who knows?

But both Rome and Athens is interesting.
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Old 03-27-2012, 11:02 PM
 
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Augusta is a town in Sicily, right above Syracuse, a place of historical/archaelogical importance. My thinking is that it could also be some reference to Caesar Augustus. Who knows?
"[Founder James] Oglethorpe named the town Augusta, in honor of Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, the Princess of Wales, daughter-in-law of King George II of Great Britain and mother of King George III of Great Britain."

Augusta, Georgia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 03-28-2012, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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Augusta is a town in Sicily, right above Syracuse, a place of historical/archaelogical importance. My thinking is that it could also be some reference to Caesar Augustus. Who knows?

But both Rome and Athens is interesting.
Also from Wikipedia:

"Rome's name is a commemoration of the Italian city of Rome. Rome, Georgia, was built on seven hills with a river running between them, a feature that was an inspiration for the name. This connection is emphasized by a replica of the statue of Romulus and Remus nursing from a mother wolf, a symbol of the original Rome, which was a 1929 gift from Italian dictator Benito Mussolini."

Source: Rome, Georgia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"On January 27, 1785, the Georgia General Assembly granted a charter by Abraham Baldwin for the University of Georgia as the first state-supported university. Sixteen years later, in 1801, a committee from the university's board of trustees selected a site for the university on a hill above Cedar Shoals in what was then Jackson County. On July 25, John Milledge, one of the trustees and later governor of Georgia, bought 633 acres (2.6 km²) from Daniel Easley and donated it to the university. Milledge named the surrounding area Athens after the city that was home to the academy of Plato and Aristotle in Greece."

Source: Athens, Georgia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 03-28-2012, 11:46 AM
 
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Milledge named the surrounding area Athens
Thank you.

Will they be renaming it Basinger? I thought she "owned" the town.
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Old 03-28-2012, 01:06 PM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Brunswick was named after the duchy of Brunswick-Luneberg in southern Germany.
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Old 04-01-2012, 01:00 PM
 
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I also read somewhere that Atlanta was originally named Atlantis after the lost city/continent, but due to a clerical error it got changed to Atlanta and just stayed that way. I don't know if that it is true because there are several other stories of the origin of the name Atlanta, but nobody seems to know for sure which story is the factual one. But, given the names of some of the other cities in Georgia it wouldn't surprise me if Atlanta was originally named after Atlantis.
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Old 04-01-2012, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Augusta, Ga
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I also read somewhere that Atlanta was originally named Atlantis after the lost city/continent, but due to a clerical error it got changed to Atlanta and just stayed that way. I don't know if that it is true because there are several other stories of the origin of the name Atlanta, but nobody seems to know for sure which story is the factual one. But, given the names of some of the other cities in Georgia it wouldn't surprise me if Atlanta was originally named after Atlantis.
I thought the city was named for former Governor Wilson Lumpkin's daughter's. Her middle name was Atalanta, after the fleet-footed goddess. Though I also heard that In 1845 the name "Atlantica-Pacifica" was suggested to replace "Marthasville" by John Thomson, chief engineer of the Georgia Railroad. The name was shortened to Atlanta and adopted that year, but I've never heard the Atlantis theory. Here are some others with similar names don't know if they are name after or just have common names
Athens - Athens, Greece / Bristol - Bristol, UK / Dover - Dover, UK / Dublin - Dublin, Ireland / Hull - Hull, UK / Lyons - Lyons-la-Forêt, France
Oxford - Oxford, UK / Rome - Rome, Italy / Smyrna - Smyrna (Izmir), Turkey
Vienna - Vienna, Austria / Bremen, Bremen, Germany
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Old 04-01-2012, 05:56 PM
 
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I thought the city was named for former Governor Wilson Lumpkin's daughter's. Her middle name was Atalanta, after the fleet-footed goddess. Though I also heard that In 1845 the name "Atlantica-Pacifica" was suggested to replace "Marthasville" by John Thomson, chief engineer of the Georgia Railroad. The name was shortened to Atlanta and adopted that year, but I've never heard the Atlantis theory. Here are some others with similar names don't know if they are name after or just have common names
Athens - Athens, Greece / Bristol - Bristol, UK / Dover - Dover, UK / Dublin - Dublin, Ireland / Hull - Hull, UK / Lyons - Lyons-la-Forêt, France
Oxford - Oxford, UK / Rome - Rome, Italy / Smyrna - Smyrna (Izmir), Turkey
Vienna - Vienna, Austria / Bremen, Bremen, Germany
The 'Atlantica-Pacifica' explanation is the correct one.
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