E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Euxine Sea (The)
i.e. the hospitable sea. It was formerly called Axine (inhospitable). So the Cape of Good Hope was called the Cape of Despair. Beneventum was originally called Maleventum, and Dyrrachium was called Epidamnus, which the Romans thought was too much like damnum to be lucky.