Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 148
Old and New Worlds in Greek Onomastics
Edited by Elaine Matthews
Price: £35.00 (hardback)
Publication date: 29 November 2007
170 pages, 2 figs., 234x156 mm
Series: Proceedings of the British Academy number Vol 148
Blurb from OUP
Sheds light on the identity politics of the ancient Greek world
This volume provides an interpretative guide to using a fundamental resource for the study of the ancient Greek world. Personal names are a statement of identity, a personal choice by parents for their child, reflecting their own ancestry and family traditions, and the religious and political values of the society to which they belong. The names of the ancient Greeks, surviving in their tens of thousands in manuscripts and documents, offer a valuable insight into ancient Greek society.
The essays collected here examine how the Greeks responded to new environments. It draws out issues of identity as expressed through the choice, formation and adaptation of personal names, not only by Greeks when they came into contact with non-Greeks, but of others in relation to Greeks, for example Egyptians, Persians, Thracians, and Semitic peoples, including the Jewish communities in the diaspora. Grounded in the 'old' world of Greece (in particular, Euboia and Thessaly), the volume also reaches out to the many parts of the ancient world where Greeks travelled, traded and settled, and where the dominant culture before the arrival of the Greeks was not Greek.
Reflecting upon the progress of the Lexicon of Greek Personal Names project, which has already published the names of over a quarter of a million ancient Greeks, this volume will be of interest to all scholars and students of the language, literature, history, religion, and archaeology of the ancient Greek world.
Readership: Scholars and students of the ancient Greek world, and onomastics.
Authors, editors, and contributors
NB a pdf file of the first page of each article, or the entire article, is available at British Academy site. Follow this link, and click in "Article."
Elaine Matthews Introduction 1-7
Jean-Claude Decourt & Athanasios Tziafalias Mythological and Heroic Names in the Onomastics of Atrax (Thessaly) 9-20
Laurence Darmezin & Athanasios Tziafalias The Twelve Tribes of Atrax: a Lexical Study 21-28
José-Luis García Ramón Thessalian Personal Names and the Greek Lexicon 29-67
Peter M Fraser The Ptolemaic Garrison of Hermoupolis Magna 69-85
Denis Knoepfler Was there an Anthroponymy of Euboian Origin in the Chalkido-Eretrian Colonies of the West and of Thrace? 87-119
Thomas Corsten Thracian Personal Names and Military Settlements in Hellenistic Bithynia 121-133
Rudiger Schmitt Greek Re-interpretation of Iranian Names by Folk Etymology 135-150
Stephen Mitchell Iranian Names and the Presence of Persians in the Religious Sanctuaries of Asia Minor 151-171
Margaret H Williams Semitic Name-Use by Jews in Roman Asia Minor and the Dating of the Aphrodisias Stele Inscriptions 173-197
Maurice Sartre The Ambiguous Name: The Limitations of Cultural Identity in Graeco-Roman Syrian Onomastics 199-232
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