WORSHOP “MY NAME IS YOUR NAME”
ANTHROPONYMS AS DIVINE ATTRIBUTES
INTERNATIONAL ONLINE WORSHOP
2-3 june 2021
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Among the multifarious functions that it is possible to ascribe to ancient onomastics and, specifically, to divine epiclesis, the most common are undoubtedly those related to the dissemination of divine attributes and prerogatives, the crystallization of cults linked to distinct toponyms, and the identification of specific rituals and festivals. Much less explored is the field of the epithets derived from more or less extensive social groups (families, gentes, the inhabitants of a city, entire populations, etc.) and, in particular, from individual anthroponyms. If few attempts have been made in this direction with regard to the Greek world (e.g. Wallensten 2008 and Parker 2017), studies on the Latin-speaking Mediterranean remain very occasional.
The aim of this workshop is gathering a small number of specialists, collecting the relevant evidence, and discussing together the results of this investigation from different perspectives (chronological, geographical, thematic). What the workshop is expected to stress is the variety of different strategies of appropriation of divine onomastic formulas in different chronological and topographic contexts (Hellenistic/Imperial, urban/extra-urban, etc.).
The International Workshop MY NAME IS YOUR NAME is result of the synergy of three different projects simultaneously working on ancient divine epiclesis: EPIDI (“Epítetos divinos: experiencia religiosa y relaciones de poder en Hispania”), based in Madrid (UC3M; PI: Jaime Alvar Ezquerra) and funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Finance (HAR2017-84789-C2-2-P); LARNA (“Lived Ancient Religion in North Africa”), also based in Madrid (UC3M; PI: Valentino Gasparini) and funded by the Autonomous Community of Madrid, Talent Attraction Program (2017-T1/HUM-5709), and MAP (“Mapping Ancient Polytheisms. Cult epithets as ,an interface between religious systems and human agency”), based in Toulouse (Université Jean Jaurès; PI: Corinne Bonnet) and funded by the European Research Council (n° 741182).