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RA 6D: Greeks and Barbarians: names, ethnic and cultural identities

Onomastics constitute a large source group, which plays an important role in the study of interactions between the Greek poleis and Barbaricum. Taking into account that such groups of onomastic material as theonyms, toponyms, and hydronyms are not satisfactory represented in the area, a priority should be given to the personal names which survived in a great quantity. The role of this type of sources is acknowledged in a number of studies concerned with the Greek-Barbarian relations. They are, however, confined to the northern and north-western parts of the Black Sea region. A new study that integrates all regions will contribute significantly to an understanding of the penetration, extent, and fluctuation in time and space of Barbarian names in the prosopography of the Greek communities.

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