Chapter

The Ptolemaic Garrison of Hermoupolis Magna

Peter M. Fraser

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197264126.003.0005

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

The Ptolemaic Garrison of Hermoupolis Magna

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This chapter examines the personal names of people in the garrison town of Hermoupolis Magna in Middle Egypt in the last quarter of the second century BC. It evaluates whether it is possible to determine where the soldiers of the garrison came from based on their names alone. The findings suggests that the absence of ethnics, along with the survival of rare Greek names, may reflect a long-term settlement in the area.

Keywords: personal names; garrison town; Hermoupolis Magna; Middle Egypt; soldiers; Greek names; long-term settlement

Chapter.  6307 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical Literature

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