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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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Onomastic Interactions: Greek and Thracian Names

Onomastic Interactions: Greek and Thracian Names

(p.167) 8 Onomastic Interactions: Greek and Thracian Names
Changing Names

Dan Dana

British Academy

This article treats certain evolutions in the system of personal naming in the north Balkan regions, many of them being the product of onomastic interactions between Greeks and Thracians, as reflected in the choice of names. Specific categories of names are discussed, particularly on the basis of their frequency in the region: Thracian names given Greek suffixes, hybrid (Greco-Thracian) names, ‘potamophoric’ names, and finally mythological names. We are dealing with processes of mutual adaptation, as several cultural contexts need to be taken into account. A detailed study of the personal name Hellen, rather rare in the Greek world but abundantly present at Odessos, allows the acculturation in this old Greek city of the native population to be observed, via epigraphic practices, iconographic preferences and onomastic choices.

Keywords:   Thracian onomastics, Hellen, Odessos, Suffixation, ‘potamophoric’ names, assonance names

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