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Rome, the Greek World, and the EastVolume 3: The Greek World, the Jews, and the East$
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Fergus Millar, Hannah M. Cotton, and Guy MacLean Rogers

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780807830307

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807876657_millar

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Latin in the Epigraphy of the Roman Near East *

Latin in the Epigraphy of the Roman Near East *

(p.223) Chapter Nine Latin in the Epigraphy of the Roman Near East *
Rome, the Greek World, and the East

Fergus Millar

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter studies the role of Latin in epigraphic texts of the Roman Near East. Focusing on the epigraphic record of Palmyra, it considers three aspects that illustrate the complexity of the role of Latin in the Near East: (1) the evolution of the political community towards the model of the Greek city; (2) the nature of the brief corpus of trilingual inscriptions from pre-colonial Palmyra that are in Latin, Greek, and Palmyrene; and (3) the way in which attention to linguistic interplay between these three languages can correct mistaken views about the structure of power in Palmyra in the third century.

Keywords:   epigraphic texts, Roman Near East, Palmyra, political community, Greek city, inscriptions, Latin, Greek, Palmyrene

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