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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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The Four Seasons of Boeotian, and Particularly Thespian, Onomastics

The Four Seasons of Boeotian, and Particularly Thespian, Onomastics

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(p.71) 4 The Four Seasons of Boeotian, and Particularly Thespian, Onomastics
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Changing Names
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Denis Knoepfler

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266540.003.0004

More than Euboea, Boeotia lends itself to a diachronic study of personal names since the epigraphic evidence is evenly distributed across the centuries, from the 5th BC to the third century. AD. Using a seasonal metaphor; the spring season of Boeotian onomastics extends from the archaic period to the 4th century BC. For Thespiae it is represented by the great funerary monument for the battle of Delion (424) with more than a hundred names, of which many are hapax legomena. Summer is incontestably the high Hellenistic period, down to the middle of the 2nd century BC. This is also the best documented period, thanks to military catalogues. It is only around 150 BC that the autumn of Boeotian onomastics takes over from the phase here treated as the summer. Thespiae offers abundant material and is marked by the conspicuous growth in names of PanHellenic character without, however, the complete disappearance of epichoric, in particular, theophoric, names. The decrease in inscriptions after the middle of the 3rd century justifies regarding this period as a kind of late autumn of Boeotian anthroponymy, even if the most radical rupture did not occur until the beginning of the Byzantine period in the strict sense.

Keywords:   Boeotian onomastics, Thespiai, Patronyms, theophoric names, Tanagra

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