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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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Name-Changes and ‘Posthumous’ Ethnics

Name-Changes and ‘Posthumous’ Ethnics

(p.147) 6 Name-Changes and ‘Posthumous’ Ethnics
Greek Ethnic Terminology

P. M. Fraser

British Academy

This chapter begins with a discussion of metonomasies (name-changes) of cities and islands. The materials concerning the metonomasies of cities are based on Stephanus, many of whose entries record double, or even triple, metonomasies of cities and islands. He rarely quotes a source for his statements, and the earlier nomenclature (be it of one earlier name, or of several) is frequently mythological, and/or derived from some local tradition, and lacks historical authenticity or support. It then turns to places for which ‘posthumous’ ethnics are attested. These include Kardia, Mende, Torone, Haliartos, Thisoa, Corinth, and Olenos.

Keywords:   metonomasies, cities, islands, Kardia, Mende, Torone, Haliartos, Thisoa, Corinth, Olenos, name-changes

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