Inscriptions of Early Byzantium and the Continuity of Ancient Onomastics

Denis Feissel

in Epigraphy and the Historical Sciences

Published by British Academy

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780197265062
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754173 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Inscriptions of Early Byzantium and the Continuity of Ancient Onomastics

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Greek and Latin inscriptions are now fully embraced within the study of Late Antiquity and the Byzantine Era. At Constantinople, inscriptions of the Byzantine era were displayed along with ancient texts imported from elsewhere in the Empire, symbolising the welding of Hellenism and Romanitas. While the number and variety of texts do not match those of earlier eras, they can furnish evidence for several aspects of society. Personal names recorded on inscriptions reveal the impact of the Latin West and of Christianity on the Greek East, in the choice of names and the styles of nomenclature. The survival of names of local origin, from Thrace, Anatolia and Syria, areas where Greek was later imposed on an earlier substrate not always written, reveals the vigour of local traditions.

Keywords: Late Antiquity; Constantinople inscriptions; Byzantine Era; Latin West; Christianity; Greek East; Thrace; Anatolia; Syria

Chapter.  6912 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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