Greek Personal Names: Their Value as Evidence

Hardcover | December 15, 2000

EditorSimon HornblowerbyElaine Matthews

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Within the great diversity of their world, the assertion of origin was essential to the ancient Greeks in defining their sense of who they were and how they distinguished themselves from neighbours and strangers. Each person's name might carry both identity and origin - 'I am' . . .inseparable from 'I come from' . . . Names have surfaced in many guises and locations - on coins and artefacts, embedded within inscriptions and manuscripts - carrying with them evidence even from prehistoric and preliterate times. The Lexicon of Greek Personal Names has already identified more than 200,000 individuals. The contributors to this volume draw on this resource to demonstrate the breadth of scholarly uses to which name evidence can be put. These essays narrate the stories of political and social change revealed bythe incidence of personal names and cast a fascinating light upon both the natural and supernatural phenomena which inspired them. This volume offers dramatic illumination of the ways in which the ancient Greeks both created and interpreted their world through the specific language of personal names.

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Within the great diversity of their world, the assertion of origin was essential to the ancient Greeks in defining their sense of who they were and how they distinguished themselves from neighbours and strangers. Each person's name might carry both identity and origin - 'I am' . . .inseparable from 'I come from' . . . Names have surf...

Simon Hornblower is at University College London. Elaine Matthews is at St Hilda's College, Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.83 inPublished:December 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Elaine Matthews and Simon Hornblower: IntroductionAnna Morpurgo Davies: Greek Personal Names and Linguistic ContinuityLaurent Dubois: Hippolytus and Lysippos: Remarks on Some Compounds with Hippo-, -ipposRobert Parker: Theophoric Names and the History of Greek ReligionDenis Knoepfler: Oropodoros: Anthroponymy, Geography, HistoryMiltiade Hatzopoulos: L'histoire par les noms in MacedoniaChristian Habicht: Foreign Names in Athenian NomenclatureSimon Hornblower: Personal Names and the Study of the Ancient HistoriansMichael Crawford: Mirabilia and Personal NamesPeter Fraser: Ethnics as Personal NamesIndex

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`This collection of essays makes a major contribution to historical onomastic studies'Bryn Mawr Classical Review