# Ἀσία

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## Ancient Greek

### Etymology

There is no current consensus on the origin of the word. It originally applied only to Anatolia, and was later extended to its current definition. Possibly from Akkadian 𒀀𒋗 (to go out, to rise), a reference to the rising sun, hence “land of the sunrise.”[1]

### Pronunciation

or

The first vowel is short in prose and long in verse.

### Proper noun

Ᾰ̓σῐ́ᾱ (Asíāf (genitive Ᾰ̓σῐ́ᾱς); first declension

### References

1. ^ Room, Adrian, Place Names of the World, 2nd ed., McFarland & Co., 2006.