Hackl, Johannes: Frau Weintraube, Frau Heuschrecke und Frau Gut – Untersuchungen zu den babylonischen Namen von Sklavinnen in neubabylonischer und persischer Zeit. (published)
Published in: Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde des Morgenlandes 103 (2013), 121-187.
Abstract: In Assyriology, studies on proper names in general and personal names in particular focus almost exclusively both on the origins and the meanings of the names. This article not only presents a survey of the principal characteristics of Akkadian name-giving recorded in cuneiform texts from the Neo-Babylonian and Achaemenid periods, but also examines the impact of socio-onomastic factors influencing the choice of personal names given to female slaves. It argues that female slaves, at least to some extent, bore different names than those given to free women. A brief survey of onomastic systems employed in other (roughly contemporaneous) societies (Athen, Rome) intends to investigate their usefulness as comparanda.