The Twelve Tribes of Atrax: a Lexical Study

Laurence Darmezin and Athanasios Tziafalias

in Old and New Worlds in Greek Onomastics

Published by British Academy

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780197264126
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734632 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

The Twelve Tribes of Atrax: a Lexical Study

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This chapter examines an unpublished inscription which reveals the names of the twelve tribes of Atrax and a number of other civic subdivisions. The findings indicate that while most of the tribal names can be related to known anthroponyms, there are some rarities, and some interesting links to the early settlement of the region. For example, the tribe Thamiesis relates to Thamiai, the region where the Thessaloi originated.

Keywords: names; Atrax; tribes; civic subdivisions; tribal names; anthroponyms; Thamiesis; Thamiai; Thessaloi

Chapter.  3340 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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