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    DescriptionThe Romans were unusual in the ancient world for having many names. A male Roman citizen would probably have three names and may well have had many more. Some of the names were received at birth, some inherited, some assumed by way of adoption or patronage. Greek writers record their bewilderment at this complex system and even the Romans themselves debated its origin. This book - the first synthetic treatment of Roman naming practices in English, and the first in any language for more than half a century - builds on recent scholarship to trace the story of Roman names from the earliest recorded examples down to the end of the Western empire in the fifth century AD.The author places the evidence in its social, cultural and linguistic context, and where appropriate draws on comparative material from other eras and regions. He looks closely at the names of women, non-citizen inhabitants of the Empire and slaves, and concludes that for all their apparent oddity, Roman naming practices fit ancient models. They were governed and replicated not by law, as has been suggested, but by conservatism and a spirit of emulation. With the spread of empire and the incorporation of other cultures into the citizen body, the practices evolved beyond recognition, leaving behind the beginnings of medieval naming systems.


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    Title
    Personal Names in the Roman World
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Clive Cheesman
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 160
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Weight: 454 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780715636183
    ISBN 10: 0715636189
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25540
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLA
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    BIC subject category V2: HBTG
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T Approval Code: A14202040
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020
    LC classification: DG
    Abridged Dewey: 937
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAR
    DC22: 929.40937
    BISAC region code: 1.5.3.0.0.0.0
    Ingram Theme: ASPT/HISTAS
    Thema V1.0: NHD, NHC, NHTG
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Publisher
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd
    Publication date
    08 September 2016
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Clive Cheesman was Curator, Department of Coins and Medals, British Museum, from 1996 to 2000 and is the author of 'Names and naming systems' in `The Edinburgh Companion to Ancient Greece and Rome` (2006). He is currently Rouge Dragon Pursuivant, College of Arms.