Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsEarth Sciences & Geology · 1 year ago

when, how was the "Atlantic Ocean" given its name? did the Romans call it "The Atlantic Ocean"? the Greeks, other?


"Atlas"? (where, what is that?) why not "Altantis"?

Update 2:

its not called the "Atlas Ocean", but the "Atlantic Ocean"

3 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 year ago
    Favourite answer

    The name Atlantic was first used during the era of Herodotus in Ancient Greece around 450 BC, and derives its meaning from Greek mythology. In the Greek language, "Atlantic" is loosely translated to mean “the island of Atlas” or “sea of Atlas.”

  • KennyB
    Lv 7
    1 year ago

    The oldest known mention of an "Atlantic" comes from the Histories of Herodotus (~450 BC) "Atlantis thalassa" where the name refers to "the sea beyond the pillars of Heracles".  In such use, the name refers to Atlas, the Titan in Greek mythology, who supported the heavens.  In contrast, the term "Atlantic" originally referred specifically to the Atlas Mountains in Morocco and the sea off the Strait of Gibraltar and the North African coast.

    "Atlantis" is also derived from the Greek and means “island of Atlas.”  Atlantis was supposedly a mighty maritime force that lay “in front of the Pillars of Hercules” and vanquished parts of Western Europe and Africa.

    You are confusing two very similar words and your expectation that they are related is unfounded.

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