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Thracian Personal Names and Military Settlements in Hellenistic Bithynia<sup>1</sup>

Thomas Corsten

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/9780197264126.003.0007

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Thracian Personal Names and Military Settlements in Hellenistic Bithynia1

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This chapter examines Thracian personal names in military settlements in the Hellenistic region of Bithynia. It analyses the distribution of Thracian names on monuments and inscriptions in the vicinity of Nikaia, Prusa, Kios, and Nikomedeia. The findings suggest that, as a kingdom, Bithynia was dominated by an elite of Thracian descent and that these families lived on estates in the countryside. As a result there is no evidence for these families from Bithynian cities.

Keywords: Thracian personal names; Bithynia; monuments; inscriptions; Nikaia; Prusa; Kios; Nikomedeia

Chapter.  5265 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical Literature

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