The meaning of Dénia

January 02 from 2023 - 10: 13

Talk about the meaning of Denia is to speak of the many civilizations that have passed through this land in more than 2000 years of history and that starts with the Iberians. And is that the remains of an Iberian settlement coins did think that the current name of the city derived from a settlement called DiniuBut years later it was found that this was a misreading of Tabaniu, An Iberian mint near the Ebro valley.

Expulsion of the Moors in the port of Denia - Vicente Mostre 1963

Although there is no conclusive archaeological remains, experts say that the current Denia was in Greek times, the emporium Hemeroskopeion o Dianius, "watchtower" in Greek.

But the current name of the capital of the Marina Alta It is not related to that period, but to what is considered its origin as a city, the Roman period, in the s. I a. of C., Dianium. This name, derived from the Roman goddess Diana, identified with the Greek goddess Artemis, is the origin of today Dénia.

In Al-Andalus period (year 1010 d. C.), one of the most splendid history of Dénia, being capital of the Taifa, the city was renamed دانية (DANIYA)And after the Christian conquest he adopted the current toponym.

Currently the official and correct name of the city is Dénia (with accent on the e).

  1. Joanot007 says:

    By the way, the painting is not from 1963, but from 1613 and the author is Vicent Mostré, who has some more on the rebellion and expulsion. Dénia is appreciated with extraordinary fidelity, almost photographic.

  2. Paloma says:

    Dénia is spoken in Valencian, but Denia in Spanish.

    • Paco says:

      Indeed, Dénia is in Valencian and the official form. Zaragoza in Valencian is Saragossa but its official name is Zaragoza.

  3. Christine says:

    This splendid painting can be seen in Valencia, it shows the departure of the last abandoned Moors in Denia.