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Epigraphy and the Historical Sciences$
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John Davies and John Wilkes

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265062

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265062.001.0001

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Inscriptions of Early Byzantium and the Continuity of Ancient Onomastics

Inscriptions of Early Byzantium and the Continuity of Ancient Onomastics

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(p.1) 1 Inscriptions of Early Byzantium and the Continuity of Ancient Onomastics
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Epigraphy and the Historical Sciences
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Denis Feissel

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265062.003.0001

Greek and Latin inscriptions are now fully embraced within the study of Late Antiquity and the Byzantine Era. At Constantinople, inscriptions of the Byzantine era were displayed along with ancient texts imported from elsewhere in the Empire, symbolising the welding of Hellenism and Romanitas. While the number and variety of texts do not match those of earlier eras, they can furnish evidence for several aspects of society. Personal names recorded on inscriptions reveal the impact of the Latin West and of Christianity on the Greek East, in the choice of names and the styles of nomenclature. The survival of names of local origin, from Thrace, Anatolia and Syria, areas where Greek was later imposed on an earlier substrate not always written, reveals the vigour of local traditions.

Keywords:   Late Antiquity, Constantinople inscriptions, Byzantine Era, Latin West, Christianity, Greek East, Thrace, Anatolia, Syria

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