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Greek Gods AbroadNames, Natures, and Transformations$
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Robert Parker

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520293946

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520293946.001.0001

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Gods of Many Nations and Their Naming in Greek

Gods of Many Nations and Their Naming in Greek

Non-Greek Naming Traditions

(p.77) 3 Gods of Many Nations and Their Naming in Greek
Greek Gods Abroad

Robert Parker

University of California Press

Among the regions to which the Greek language spread, only in Egypt and parts of Syria is there extensive evidence for pre-Greek divine naming as practised when Greek arrived; but a broad background can be recovered by looking at forms of naming found in earlier texts. After presenting this background, I go on to look at various classes of divine name found in Greek language texts from Anatolia, Syria and Egypt: retained indigenous names, titles substituting for names, interpretatio graecain various forms, gods with speaking Greek names not in fact found in Greece itself. The response to cultural contact varied from region to region, but in parts of Anatolia, in particular, Greek became a flexible vehicle through which distinctive forms of religious feeling could be creatively conveyed.

Keywords:   Phrygia, Anatolia, Syria, Phoenicia, Egypt, Ancient Near Eastern Texts

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