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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 Ptolemaic Garrison of Hermoupolis Magna

The Ptolemaic Garrison of Hermoupolis Magna

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(p.68) (p.69) 4 The Ptolemaic Garrison of Hermoupolis Magna
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Old and New Worlds in Greek Onomastics
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Peter M. Fraser

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264126.003.0005

This chapter examines the personal names of people in the garrison town of Hermoupolis Magna in Middle Egypt in the last quarter of the second century BC. It evaluates whether it is possible to determine where the soldiers of the garrison came from based on their names alone. The findings suggests that the absence of ethnics, along with the survival of rare Greek names, may reflect a long-term settlement in the area.

Keywords:   personal names, garrison town, Hermoupolis Magna, Middle Egypt, soldiers, Greek names, long-term settlement

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