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Old and New Worlds in Greek Onomastics$
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Elaine Matthews

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264126

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264126.001.0001

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The Ambiguous Name: The Limitations of Cultural Identity in Graeco-Roman Syrian Onomastics1

The Ambiguous Name: The Limitations of Cultural Identity in Graeco-Roman Syrian Onomastics1

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(p.199) 10 The Ambiguous Name: The Limitations of Cultural Identity in Graeco-Roman Syrian Onomastics1
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Old and New Worlds in Greek Onomastics
Author(s):

Maurice Sartre

Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264126.003.0011

This chapter examines the limitations of cultural identity in Syrian onomastics during the Graeco-Roman period. It warns against jumping to a conclusion based on modern understanding of the classification of names, or the meaning of the words embodied in them. The chapter explains that people in multilingual societies rooted in two or more cultures did not necessarily think consciously whether to choose a Greek or an indigenous name and that words were not always translated from one language to another.

Keywords:   Syrian onomastics, cultural identity, Graeco-Roman period, classification of names, multilingual societies

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