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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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Name Changes of Individuals

Name Changes of Individuals

(p.138) 6 Name Changes of Individuals
Changing Names

Thomas Corsten

British Academy

The practice of changing the name of an individual is attested in ancient literature, papyri and inscriptions, which constitute the basis for the present analysis. These changes can be divided into different groups, among which the following are singled: name changes of slaves; name changes as a consequence of changes in status or of “Hellenisation” and “Romanisation”; name changes in cases of conversion from one religion to another, in particular by Christians. The aim of the paper is to examine some examples of each kind and to find out the possible reasons for the substitution of one name by a new one.

Keywords:   Individual name change, Manumission, Christianisation, slave naming, acculturation

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