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Demotikon
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[German version]

Modern word formation to describe a name component of a full Greek citizen: apart from the person's name (e.g., Δημοσθένης/Dēmosthénēs) and the father's name (genitive, e.g., Δημοσθένους/Dēmosthénous), the demotikon indicates origin from a  dḗmos [2], a local unit of a  pólis (e.g., Paianieús, ‘from the deme Paeania’) and was primarily used in epigraphic contexts, i.e. in texts directed at the public. In Attica the demotikon became customary after the political elevation of the dḗmoi by  Cleisthenes [2] and obligatory after the reorganization of democracy…

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Günther, Linda-Marie (Munich), “Demotikon”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 20 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e12221130>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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