Mythological and Heroic Names in the Onomastics of Atrax (Thessaly)

Jean-Claude Decourt and Athanasios Tziafalias

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:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Mythological and Heroic Names in the Onomastics of Atrax (Thessaly)

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This chapter examines heroic and mythological names in the onomastics in Atrax in Thessaly. It explains that Atrax is just a modest town that until recently had only fifteen inscriptions to its name, but which now number more than 500. The chapter suggests that if there is one aspect of the nomenclature of Atrax that deserves to be emphasized, it is the inspiration which it draws from various facets of Thessalian mythology and from the Achaian substratum.

Keywords: mythological names; heroic names; onosmatics; Atrax; Thessaly; Thessalian mythology; Achaian substratum

Chapter.  5670 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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