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Research Article

Bilingual Epigraphs in Rome

Translation, Coexistence and Trascriptions between Greek and Latin

Giulia Tozzi    Università La Sapienza Roma    



Greek/Latin bilingual inscriptions of Rome provide us with the opportunity to study the interaction/overlapping and linguistic mixtures between Greek and Latin speakers in the multiethnic Roman population from different points of view. By studying such texts as a whole (heterogeneous for typology, production, destination, chronology) I was able to distinguish various expressions of bilingualism: translation, transliteration, code-switching, juxtaposition of the two languages, isolated Greek words in Latin contexts and vice versa. The relationship between Latin and Greek is detectable through both epigraphic and linguistic style (layout, hierarchy, lexicon, morphological and phonetic facets).

Keywords: Public history. Migrations. Epigraphy. Mare Nostrum. School.

Language: it

Submitted: July 10, 2019
Accepted: Aug. 22, 2019
Published: Dec. 23, 2019

permalink: http://doi.org/10.30687/Axon/2532-6848/2019/02/023

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