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Greek Ethnic Terminology$
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P. M. Fraser

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264287

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264287.001.0001

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Ethnics, Ktetics, and Topics: the Grammatical Terminology

Ethnics, Ktetics, and Topics: the Grammatical Terminology

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(p.14) (p.15) 1 Ethnics, Ktetics, and Topics: the Grammatical Terminology
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Greek Ethnic Terminology
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P. M. Fraser

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264287.003.0002

An analysis of the civic and regional terminology of Greek communal life, and especially the use of the term τὸ ἐθνικόν, is an essential preliminary to understanding how the Greeks considered national and civic identity once the regular framework of polis-life was established. With the development of grammatical and linguistic analysis, words denoting membership of a community were called ἐθνικά, the nominal adjectival form which we find regularly in Stephanus of Byzantium and in lexica: τὸ ἐθνικόν (ὁ) δεῖνα. The history of the term formed a distinct branch of the traditional studies of the grammarians and lexicographers. This chapter is concerned with the ethnic significance of the adjective as a term used to denote nationality or origin (in the Greek sense), but inevitably it takes account of other meanings of the term when necessary.

Keywords:   polis-life, Stephanus of Byzantium, communal life, national identity, civic identity, adjective, nationality, origin

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