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The Ambiguous Name: The Limitations of Cultural Identity in Graeco-Roman Syrian Onomastics<sup>1</sup>

Maurice Sartre

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/9780197264126.003.0011

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

The Ambiguous Name: The Limitations of Cultural Identity in Graeco-Roman Syrian Onomastics1

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This chapter examines the limitations of cultural identity in Syrian onomastics during the Graeco-Roman period. It warns against jumping to a conclusion based on modern understanding of the classification of names, or the meaning of the words embodied in them. The chapter explains that people in multilingual societies rooted in two or more cultures did not necessarily think consciously whether to choose a Greek or an indigenous name and that words were not always translated from one language to another.

Keywords: Syrian onomastics; cultural identity; Graeco-Roman period; classification of names; multilingual societies

Chapter.  10663 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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