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21. Onomastic and society in the Roman world

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Social history--Modern, 1500-
Social history
Descriptive sociology
Social conditions
Assimilation (Sociology)
Cultural assimilation
Development education
Culture contact
Context (Linguistics)
Grammar, Comparative and general--Context
Situation (Linguistics)
Identity (Philosophical concept)


In the Roman world, on the one hand, the structure of the nomenclature strictly reflects the status of individuals and, on the other hand, the names of the elites are conditioned by family affiliations and alliances; therefore, the examination of personal names makes it possible to study various aspects of social history. Emphasis was first placed on equestrian and senatorial prosopography according to a few well-documented genealogies; next, the study focuses on acculturation phenomena according to the history of the cities, in the context of the distribution of citizens and seeds in Narbonnaise, Gaule Belgium and lower Gerichtshof, and then in that of the religious identity of the devots of Mars and Mercure in the Upper Gerichtshof.

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