Gijón , or Xixón is the largest city and municipality in the autonomous community of Asturias in Spain. It is located on the Bay of Biscay, approximately 20 km north of Oviedo, the capital of Asturias.
Early medieval texts mention it as "Gigia", derived from the identical Greek and Latin term "gigias", meaning "giant", both of which refer to the Greek mythological giant Gigas. The medieval "Gigia" name, in turn, more specifically refers to the ancient Roman wall built on the peninsula of the Cimadevilla district of Gijon. This wall was called the "Gegionem" by the Romans and is itself a compound Latin term being either "geg-ionem", meaning "giant-ness/gigantic", "gegi-onem", meaning "concrete giant", or "gegio-nem" meaning "giant end". Presumably the use of the term meaning "giant" referred to either the pre-Germanic Astur peoples who inhabited the area being of large physical stature or simply the largeness of the wall itself.
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