Personal Names in Ancient Anatolia

Hardcover | December 28, 2013

EditorRobert Parker

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Ancient Anatolia was a region where many indigenous or at least long-established peoples mingled with many conquerors or incomers: Persians, Greeks, Gauls, Romans, Jews. Its rich and complex history of cultural interaction is only spasmodically illuminated by literary sources. Inscriptions, bycontrast, abound and attest well over 100,000 name-bearing inhabitants. Many of those names retain regional associations, and when analysed with tact allow lost histories and micro-histories to be recovered.This volume exploits the huge possibilities for social and linguistic history being created by the expansion of The Lexicon of Greek Personal Names into Anatolia. One topic is that of continuities and discontinuities between the naming practices of the Hittites and Luvians in the second millenniumBC and those of the Greco-Roman period. Several studies trace changing patterns of naming in particular regions; this may reflect real changes in population, but the need for sociological sensitivity is stressed, as the change may lie rather in changing self-perceptions or preferredself-identifications.The Anatolian treasure house of names can also be used to illuminate the psychology of naming, the rise of nursery nicknames to the status of proper names (and their subsequent fall from favour), for instance, or the fascination with exotic luxury items expressed in names such as Amethyst orEmerald, or the fashion for "second names" among the Greek-speaking elite. The volume shows how, as has been said, the study of names is a "paradigm case of the convergence of disciplines, where the history of language meets social history".

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Ancient Anatolia was a region where many indigenous or at least long-established peoples mingled with many conquerors or incomers: Persians, Greeks, Gauls, Romans, Jews. Its rich and complex history of cultural interaction is only spasmodically illuminated by literary sources. Inscriptions, bycontrast, abound and attest well over 100,0...

Robert Parker is Wykeham Professor of Ancient History at the University of Oxford, UK.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:230 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:December 28, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Robert Parker: Introduction2. Claudia Brixhe: Anatolian Onomastics after Louis Robert . . . and Some Others3. Craig Melchert: Naming Practices in 2nd and 1st Millennium Western Anatolia4. Alexandru Avram: Indigenous Names in Heraclea Pontica5. Mustafa Adak: Names, Ethnicity and Acculturation in the Pamphylian/Lycian Borderland6. Altay Coskun: Histoire par les noms in Ancient Galatia7. Jaime Curbera: Simple Names of Ionians8. Riet van Bremen: From Aphrodisias to Alexandria with Agroitas and Agreophon9. Christian Marek: Imperial Asia Minor: Economic Prosperity and Names10. Jaime Curbera: Resources for Naming - Problematic Names of Asia Minor11. Angelos Chaniotis: Second Thoughts on Second Names at Aphrodisias