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Changing NamesTradition and Innovation in Ancient Greek Onomastics$
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Robert Parker

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266540

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266540.001.0001

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Aigeai and Pella: A Tale of Two Cities in Macedonia

Aigeai and Pella: A Tale of Two Cities in Macedonia

(p.47) 3 Aigeai and Pella: A Tale of Two Cities in Macedonia
Changing Names

Miltiades Hatzopoulos

British Academy

The recent publication of the second fascicle of the Greek and Latin Inscriptions of Lower Macedonia (Ἐπιγραφὲς Κάτω Μακεδονίας‎) now offers us the opportunity to compare the onomastic profile of the two “capitals” of the Macedonian kingdom, Aigeai and Pella, during the Classical and Hellenistic periods. The fact that both enjoyed royal patronage as seats of government until the middle of the second century B.C. and that both were devastated by the Romans at the same date makes the comparison of their respective onomastic material all the more pertinent. Whereas the names of the 98 citizens of Aigeai whose identity has been sufficiently preserved reveal the conservative leanings of their cultural environment, the more than twice that number (228) of citizens of Pella whose names have come down to us attest the cosmopolitan character of their city. This cultural divergence reflects the economic and social difference between a rural borough comprising several settlements and catering to the needs of the court and a great Mediterranean metropolis open to overseas commerce and rivalling Alexandria and Antioch.

Keywords:   Macedonian onomastics, Aigeai, Pella, Beroia

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