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Personal Names in Ancient Anatolia$
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Robert Parker

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265635

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265635.001.0001

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Second Thoughts on Second Names in Aphrodisias1

Second Thoughts on Second Names in Aphrodisias1

(p.207) 11 Second Thoughts on Second Names in Aphrodisias1
Personal Names in Ancient Anatolia

Chaniotis Angelos

British Academy

When Aphrodisian inscriptions contain long sequences of names in the genitive (e.g. Μ(άρκου) Αὐρ(ηλίου) Ζηνοβίου τετράκις τοῦ Ζηνοβίου τοῦ Ἀρτεμιδώρου Ἐπαφροδείτου) it is not clear to whom we should attribute the last name as a ‘second name’ (agnomen). A comprehensive study of the available material reveals the existence of a rule: the name of an individual (man or woman) is followed by the father’s name without article, then by the names of further ancestors (with article), and finally by the second name without article. Some names hitherto interpreted as patronymics are in fact second names. ‘Second names’ were common personal names transmitted within the same family by family tradition, and possibly commemorated ancestors.

Keywords:   agnomen, ancestor, Aphrodisias, family tradition, second name

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