ZOSIMUS is my Z …maybe even zealous....and of course, some ubiquitous ZZZZZZZZs!
Zosimus? Am I joking? Did I just invent that word to have an eye-catching ending to the A to Z Challenge? No, I really am continuing with my Celtic/Roman Britain AD 71-84 posts. You could even say I'm zealous about them.
So where did the word Zosimus come from?
As I already mentioned in my 'N for Names' post I like to give my characters a suitable name according to their nationality and/or character traits. In my most recent publication, TOPAZ EYES (an ancestral ‘treasure hunt’ mystery), my characters are of mainly European (Dutch/ German) descent. To find suitable names I looked in baby naming sites. Granted, I do hope that the information I pick up from there is accurate- and occasionally I recheck on alternative sites. I've also used baby naming sites for Celtic boys and girls in my historical novel THE BELTANE CHOICE. My tendency is to choose a name which has a give meaning and thus fits the attributes of my characters..
During the writing of my current historical sequel I needed to have a cast of Celtic characters and a cast of Roman ones. In my sequel I have a particularly 'dense' tironis (raw recruit in the Roman army) who required a fantastic name. While trawling the sites for ancient Roman/Latin names I came across ZOSIMUS.
ZOSIMUS – meaning – one likely to survive, survivor.
Likely to survive was so NOT appropriate for my ‘slow into action’ lugubrious character that I just had to use it.
Zealous: filled with or inspired by intense enthusiasm or zeal; ardent; fervent
Whether or not you're interested in my theme period of AD 71-84 Celtic/ Roman Britain I hope someone can say that I've been pretty ZEALOUS in my posts all the way through from A to Z. I've really enjoyed sticking to my theme and have learned a lot along the way. I hope you have, too, if you've followed any of my A to Zs.
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