Old and New Worlds in Greek Onomastics

Hardcover | January 15, 2008

EditorElaine Matthews

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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 politicalvalues 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, forexample 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 theancient Greek world.

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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 politicalvalues of the society to which they belong. ...

Elaine Matthews is Director of the Lexicon of Greek Personal Names research project. She is also Senior Research Fellow at St Hilda's College at the University of Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:170 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.83 inPublished:January 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Elaine Matthews: IntroductionJean-Claude Decourt and Athanasios Tziafalias: Mythological and Heroic Names in the onomastics of Atrax (Thessaly)Laurence Darmezin and Athanasios Tziafalias: The Twelve Tribes of Atrax: a Lexical StudyJean-Luis Garcia Ramon: Thessalian Personal Names and the Greek LexiconPeter M Fraser: the Ptolemaic Garrison of Ptolemais HermiouDenis Knoepfler: Was there an Anthroponymy of Euboian Origin in the Chalkid-Eretrian Colonies of the West and of Thrace?Thomas Corsten: Thracian Personal Names and Military Settlements in Hellenistic BithyniaRudiger Schmitt: Greek Re-interpretation of Iranian Names by Folk EtymologyStephen Mitchell: The Persian Presence in the Religious Sanctuaries of Asia MinorMargaret H Williams: Semitic Name-Use by Jews in Roman Asia Minor and the dating of the Aphrodisias Stele InscriptionsMaurice Sartre: The Ambiguous Name: the Limitations of Cultural Identity in Graeco-Roman Onomastics