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I am sure that the ecclesiastical history is important and interesting, and should probably be merged with the rest of the history. But what we have here begins
The former city of the Roman Empire, situated at the head of the Adriatic, on what is now the Austrian sea-coast…
The Austrian fucking sea-coast? Who is writing this—Jörg Haider? Is there another encyclopedia which could get away with such crap? No. Someone has just found an out of copyright, and easy to cut and paste, source of ‘facts’, and has decided to drop it here without even reading the first sentence. Would it not have been better to have dropped it somewhere else? When we don’t have an article on something of interest, but someone else a long time ago did, why don’t we just put in a link to it? Hint: updating merely that sentence will not make the article better. On the contrary, it will make it worse. But of course if you have a good reason why this is likely to work better as an inclusion rather that as a link then state if here. ±Ian Spackman 18:18, 9 July 2006 (UTC)
P.S. I have moved it to Aquileia/Ecclesiastical history (a work in progress) where I hope that people will indeed bring it up to scratch. ±Ian Spackman 18:32, 9 July 2006 (UTC)
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So, I am wondering what the source for this article's assertion that Aquileia is "apparently named from an indigenous world Akylis"? I also think that "world" should probably be "word", though I didn't think it was worth editing unless some authority for the basic assertion could be found.
I believe that both Italic and Celtic dialects have been suggested as sources for the name -- either would be reasonable, given the location. However, it is also possible that we have a name from some unknown Indo-European dialect that was neither Celtic nor Italic. For example, that -eia suffix presumably comes from a PIE *-eya:/-eyo- suffix and does not particularly point to an origin in any particular branch of IE. Moreover, similar -eia place-name suffixes show up in other Eastern Alpine names that are pretty clearly not Celtic, and probably not Italic. Although the Aquil- element is also difficult to interpret (I believe Pokorny related it to PIE *akwa:- "water", but that should probably not be taken as gospel), I would bet that though the name is probably "indigenous", it is probably indigenously IE (not surprisingly), if not necessarily from a known branch such as Celtic or Italic. Of course, that's largely speculation on my part and shouldn't be included in any Wikipedia entry (even if policy weren't against original research)! I believe that there are several articles dealing with Eastern Alpine names by Peter Anreiter, though I don't have access to them and don't know if they touch on the name of Aquileia specifically.
However, in any case, I am still wondering about the source for the "Akylis" currently mentioned in the article?
What is up with all the stuff about how wonderful glassblowers are and industrous people from the Alexandria? This is out of place in this article. It ought to be obvious to anyone what is wrong with this gushing-on about the wonders of imagined ancestors. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.127.116.11 (talk) 03:27, 4 February 2010 (UTC)
Grado was founded before Venice and in fact is often referred to as "the mother of Venice." Though this is incorrect, the town was a Roman castrum (as your site rightly points out) and so was founded long before Alaric or Attila besieged Aquileia.