Istabul (not Istanbul)

Discussion in 'Etymology, History of languages and Linguistics (EHL)' started by sotos, Mar 11, 2013.

  1. sotos Senior Member

    I see that there is a town in Middle East called Kirbet Istabul, identified with the ancient Greek town of Aristobulias.
    My first impression is that "Istabul" is probably a corruption of "Aristobulias", in a similar manner that Istanbul (Turkey) is a corrupted "Eis tin Poli" (to the City).
    Do you find this reasonable or Istabul has another origin?
  2. fdb Senior Member

    Cambridge, UK
    French (France)
    If it is really the same place as Aristobulias, then yes. The town takes its name from one or another of the Jewish kings with the Greek name Aristobulos.
  3. origumi Senior Member

    I believe it's the very same place, south of Hebron.
  4. ancalimon Senior Member

    Moderator note: This thread is not about Istanbul. Off-topic discussion moved here.

    I find it hard to believe that Ottomans named the city as Istanbul...
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 17, 2013

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