Dictionaries of Onomastics: From Antiquity to the Byzantine Period
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Abstract

Ancient and Byzantine work on onomastics, i.e., the study of personal names and toponyms, never developed into a well-defined branch of research. The compilation of onomastic dictionaries was mainly linked to literary criticism and to encyclopedic, biographical and geographical interests. Biblical onomastics, on the other hand, was a vigorous scholarly activity.

Ancient and Byzantine work on onomastics, i.e., the study of personal names and toponyms, never devel…

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Stefano Valente, “Dictionaries of Onomastics: From Antiquity to the Byzantine Period”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 27 July 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000104>
First published online: 2013



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