Thursday, October 23, 2008

Vittoriosa Creek, Malta

Here is a card from my aunt's friend....I sometimes wonder if there is a place on Earth where she hasnt been to

hmmm, ok, not much about the actual place can be found, but ill tell you something about the origin of the name "Malta"

The origin of the term "Malta" is uncertain, though the modern-day variation is from the Maltese langauge. The more common etymology is that it comes from the Greek word μέλι (meli) ('honey'). The Greeks called the island Μελίτη (Melite) meaning "honey" or "honey-sweet", possibly due to Malta's unique production of honey; Malta has had an endemic species of bee which lives on the island, giving it the common nickname the "land of honey". Not only was there Greek influence on the island as early as 700 BCE, but the island is presumed to have been later dominated by the Greek-speaking Byzantine Empire from 395 to 870.
Another etymology given is the Phoenician word Maleth meaning "a haven," in reference to Malta's many bays and coves.

1 comment:

Sabrina said...

I LOVE Malta! awesome card you got!!