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Old and New Worlds in Greek Onomastics

Elaine Matthews


This book 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 political values 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 chapters collected here examine how the Greeks responded to new environments. They draw out issues of ident ... More

Keywords: Ancient Greece, onomastics, names, Egyptians, Persians, Thracians, Semitic peoples, Jewish diaspora, Euboia, Thessaly

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780197264126
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264126.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elaine Matthews, editor
Director, Lexicon of Greek Personal Names research project; Senior Research Fellow, St Hilda's College, University of Oxford