Lexicon of Greek Personal Names

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  • Robert Parker
  • Co-investigator: Jean-Baptiste Yon
  • Co-investigator: Mark Depauw
  • Editor: Richard W.V. Catling
  • Editor: Jean-Sébastien Balzat
  • Editor: Michael Zellmann-Rohrer


From the project website (accessed 2017-02-06):

[The purpose of the Lexicon of Greek Personal Names is]] to collect and publish with documentation all known ancient Greek personal names (including non-Greek names recorded in Greek, and Greek names in Latin), drawn from all available sources (literature, inscriptions, graffiti, papyri, coins, vases and other artefacts), within the period from the earliest Greek written records down to, approximately, the sixth century A.D.

The work thus starts with the period of epichoric scripts, embraces the classical and hellenistic periods of Greek history, following dialect and the development of koine, and continues through the period of the Roman Empire when Greek nomenclature underwent changes as a result of Roman rule, and religious, social and other factors.

Excluded names include mythological and heroic names, Mycenaean names, later Byzantine names and geographical names.

Current project

The current project research (Lower Egypt and the Fayum; funded by the AHRC) will create an authoritative collection of Greek personal name evidence from Egypt, unlocking the potential contained in such names for innovative research into every aspect of ancient life in Greco-Roman Egypt. It forms part of the Lexicon of Greek Personal Names (LGPN) project which covers the period from the earliest historical records (8th c. BC) to the early Byzantine period (7th c. AD). LGPN is not just about names but about people. Every attested bearer of a name is included. It is thus a fundamental tool for research into most aspects of social history.