Wednesday, April 29, 2009
(Photo by Sailor Girl of a typical view from the Tagus River, with the «Sé de Lisboa», a cathedral built after 1147 over the remnants of the mosque of the Islamic period)
«O» is for «Olissiponense», a person born or residing in Lisbon, also known as «Alfacinha» (literally, Small Letuce). The word derives from the Greek "Olissipo" and "Olissipona", a name they thought was derived from Ulysses. According to an Ancient Greek myth, the hero founded the city after he left Troy, and departed to the Atlantic to escape the Greek coalition. The presence of Phoenicians (even if occasional) is thought to predate any Greek presence in the area, though. A contribution to ABC Wednesday.