Name-Changes and ‘Posthumous’ Ethnics

P. M. Fraser

in Greek Ethnic Terminology

Published by British Academy

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780197264287
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191753978 | DOI:

Series: Lexicon of Greek Personal Names

Name-Changes and ‘Posthumous’ Ethnics

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This chapter begins with a discussion of metonomasies (name-changes) of cities and islands. The materials concerning the metonomasies of cities are based on Stephanus, many of whose entries record double, or even triple, metonomasies of cities and islands. He rarely quotes a source for his statements, and the earlier nomenclature (be it of one earlier name, or of several) is frequently mythological, and/or derived from some local tradition, and lacks historical authenticity or support. It then turns to places for which ‘posthumous’ ethnics are attested. These include Kardia, Mende, Torone, Haliartos, Thisoa, Corinth, and Olenos.

Keywords: metonomasies; cities; islands; Kardia; Mende; Torone; Haliartos; Thisoa; Corinth; Olenos; name-changes

Chapter.  6166 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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