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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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Ambiguous and Variable Ethnics

Ambiguous and Variable Ethnics

(p.179) 8 Ambiguous and Variable Ethnics
Greek Ethnic Terminology

P. M. Fraser

British Academy

This chapter discusses ambiguous and individual variable ethnics. Although differentiated and ambiguous, place-names and their ethnics are especially a feature of the Hellenistic age, the phenomenon is also associated with some of the earliest of Greek cities. The phraseology used to differentiate the homonymous cities themselves varied slightly in both literary and epigraphical texts in one of three ways: (a) by the use of the regional ktetic or ethnic; (b) by the use of the genitive of the city or region; (c) by the use of prepositions.

Keywords:   ambiguous ethnics, individual variable ethnics, place-names, Hellenistic age, regional ethnic, regional ktetic, genitive, propositions

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