Kogaionon


Kogaionon

:"See Kogaionon for the mammal genus from the Upper Cretaceous."

Kogaionon was the semi-mythical holy mountain of the Dacians, the place where Zalmoxis stayed in an underground cave for three years. Strabo claims that a river with the same name flowed in the vicinity.

One modern translation of Kogaionon is "sacred mountain", which would be connected to a probable Dacian word "kaga" meaning "sacred", attested in two early 2nd century inscriptions from Tomis.Olteanu]

Kogaionon's (test) localization is still under debate, but thought to be either in the area around the Dacian capital Sarmizegetusa (there is a 2291m summit there called Gugu and there are speculations that it could be the holy mountain; it may also have been Dealul Grădiştei where the ruins of the sanctuaries of Sarmizegetusa are located)Fact|date=March 2007 or even the Ceahlău mountain.Fact|date=March 2007

Notes

References

*"Dicţionar de istorie veche a României" ("Dictionary of ancient Romanian history") (1976) Editura Ştiinţifică şi Enciclopedică, pp. 363
*Olteanu, Sorin. "Καγα: an important Dacian word in Tomitian inscriptions."


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