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


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This chapter presents some concluding thoughts from the author. The analysis of the use of ethnics across a wide range of literary and documentary sources, alongside the investigation of the text of the Epitome of Stephanus shows that, as full an understanding as is possible of the use of ethnics over more than a millennium must be based on the use of material from both sources. Stephanus illuminates constantly the varying history of the ethnic through the ages, even though his evidence is linguistic and literary. It is also evident that although Stephanus quotes the varying views of grammarians, notably Herodian, for the true accentuation of ethnics, on the whole he does not commit himself on this topic, and in a great many cases makes no comment of his own.

Keywords: Stephanus; Epitome; ethnics; Herodian

Chapter.  1448 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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