The gender of names and multi-cultural contact

In Parker 2013 (pp. 1-2), Robert Parker highlights one of the stakes of gender history in the field of ancient onomastics: “Where there are no other written sources, there are always names; they allow abundant micro-historiens to be written, some convergent, some contrasting, both with one another and with dominant conceptions of major historical trends (…). Predictably it also has its importance for gender history: women were more likely than men, for instance, to retain indigenous names in Greco-Roman Syria; the same phenomenon has been detected in Lycia, and may well have been more general.”

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