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where "Bosphorus" name come from?
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1.       TheJanissary
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 29 Mar 2009 Sun 01:08 pm

Bosphorus comes from a Thracian word which means "passage of the cow", deriving from the legend of Io who was one of many lovers of Zeus. When Hera, Zeus´ wife, suspected her husband being involved in a love affair with Io, Zeus converted Io in a small cow and tried to send her away from Hera´s rage. She (the cow) swam across the strait but Hera discovered it and she sent big flies after the cow to bite and disturb her all the time, ending Io in the Aegean Sea (thus named Ionian sea).

 

 

 



Edited (3/29/2009) by TheJanissary [coz Im the moderator of hearts:D]

2.       adana
416 posts
 29 Mar 2009 Sun 01:22 pm

 

Quoting TheJanissary

Bosphorus comes from a Thracian word which means "passage of the cow", deriving from the legend of Io who was one of many lovers of Zeus. When Hera, Zeus´ wife, suspected her husband being involved in a love affair with Io, Zeus converted Io in a small cow and tried to send her away from Hera´s rage. She (the cow) swam across the strait but Hera discovered it and she sent big flies after the cow to bite and disturb her all the time, ending Io in the Aegean Sea (thus named Ionian sea).

 

 

 

 

 interesting etymology but I would rather call Io the heifer)Thanx for posting

Ahh,Bosphorus)brings Victor Hugo poem to my mind,sound of ferries and smell of the sea

Image:Istambul and Bosporus big.jpg



Edited (3/29/2009) by adana [bcs of......))))))))))]

3.       adana
416 posts
 29 Mar 2009 Sun 01:34 pm

Talking about ferries,just have found an interesting book´s"Bebek of the Bosphorus" review written by Marionin in an excellent style with Orhan Veli´s poem fragmentsBig smile

http://www.sundayszaman.com/sunday/detaylar.do?load=detay&link=158851



Edited (3/29/2009) by adana [mind in Istanbul.....confusing the title of the book]

4.       MarioninTurkey
6124 posts
 29 Mar 2009 Sun 04:01 pm

 

Quoting adana

written by Marionin in an excellent style

 

 Thanks!!!

5.       TheJanissary
384 posts
 29 Mar 2009 Sun 06:24 pm

 

Quoting MarioninTurkey

 

 

 Thanks!!!

 

 It s really good Marion.

congratulations!

6.       Elisabeth
5732 posts
 30 Mar 2009 Mon 11:05 pm

I didn´t know Jan...thanks for the story.

7.       adana
416 posts
 31 Mar 2009 Tue 03:26 pm

In 1502  ingenious Leonardo da Vinci did a drawing of Bosphorus ´Golden Horn"bridge which was never built.It was designed as a perfect pressed bow)

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8.       TheAenigma
5001 posts
 31 Mar 2009 Tue 03:35 pm

 

Quoting adana

In 1502  ingenious Leonardo da Vinci did a drawing of Bosphorus ´Golden Horn"bridge which was never built.It was designed as a perfect pressed bow)

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Wow wouldn´t that have been amazing?  Great thread...

 

9.       catwoman
8933 posts
 31 Mar 2009 Tue 10:22 pm

 

Quoting TheJanissary

Bosphorus comes from a Thracian word which means "passage of the cow", deriving from the legend of Io who was one of many lovers of Zeus. When Hera, Zeus´ wife, suspected her husband being involved in a love affair with Io, Zeus converted Io in a small cow and tried to send her away from Hera´s rage. She (the cow) swam across the strait but Hera discovered it and she sent big flies after the cow to bite and disturb her all the time, ending Io in the Aegean Sea (thus named Ionian sea).

 

Is this one of many legends about the name of Bosphorus?

10.       catwoman
8933 posts
 31 Mar 2009 Tue 11:12 pm

Janissary, do you know if the legend you posted is the only legend about Bosphorus? I´m asking because this seems like a very old legend.. I mean it reaches back to Zeus.. who is not even a character in the Turkish literature. It would be interesting to hear more about this..

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