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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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Names, Ethnicity and Acculturation in thePamphylian–Lycian Borderland

Names, Ethnicity and Acculturation in thePamphylian–Lycian Borderland

(p.63) 5 Names, Ethnicity and Acculturation in thePamphylian–Lycian Borderland
Personal Names in Ancient Anatolia

Adak Mustafa

British Academy

Pre-Roman Pamphylia included not only the plain with cities like Side, Aspendos and Perge, but also the coast to the west of the Pamphylian Sea. In this borderland region Solymoi, Lycians and Greeks lived closely together for centuries. The small Aeolic and Doric cities founded in the mountainous western part of Pamphylia played an important mediating role in the lengthy Hellenisation process of the indigenous cities. Onomastically, the Rhodian colony Phaselis retained its Greek character throughout the classical and Hellenistic periods. In contrast, half of the persons known from Roman Phaselis bear indigenous Anatolian names. The historical break lies between 130 and 60 BC: the region was devastated by pirates. Around 80 BC the area came under the control of the mountain chief Zeniketes. His kingdom was destroyed during the Roman campaigns against the pirates. The Greek population dwindled during this chaotic situation. Thereafter the indigenous population in the mountains moved to Phaselis.

Keywords:   Pamphylia, Solymoi, Lycians, Aeolic, Rhodian, Phaselis, Zeniketes

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