The Imperiia Project: a spatial history of the Russian Empire

A voyage begins.

The Volga River.
Centuries ago it was the Atel. Or Etel. Or Itel. (Those pesky ambiguous primary vowels.)
Centuries before that it was the Rha.
The Oaros.
It probably still is all those things.
Names piling in its throat like silt at its mouth.

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