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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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Mythological and Heroic Names in the Onomastics of Atrax (Thessaly)

Mythological and Heroic Names in the Onomastics of Atrax (Thessaly)

(p.8) (p.9) 1 Mythological and Heroic Names in the Onomastics of Atrax (Thessaly)
Old and New Worlds in Greek Onomastics

Jean-Claude Decourt

Athanasios Tziafalias

British Academy

This chapter examines heroic and mythological names in the onomastics in Atrax in Thessaly. It explains that Atrax is just a modest town that until recently had only fifteen inscriptions to its name, but which now number more than 500. The chapter suggests that if there is one aspect of the nomenclature of Atrax that deserves to be emphasized, it is the inspiration which it draws from various facets of Thessalian mythology and from the Achaian substratum.

Keywords:   mythological names, heroic names, onosmatics, Atrax, Thessaly, Thessalian mythology, Achaian substratum

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