The second volume of the study on the Roman names in the Cyclades completes the contribution to the social history of a marginal zone of the Roman world. It includes prosopographic catalogues of bearers of Roman names attested on Amorgos, Anaphe, Ios, Naxos, Oliaros, Paros, Pholegandros, Thera and attestations connected generally with the Cyclades, but not with a specific island. An extensive introduction presents the historical context and a synthetic overview of the diffusion of Roman names and citizenship in the Cyclades. The book is enriched by two synthetic contributions written by specialists. One of them (El. Sverkos) focuses on the origin of certain characteristic names and the other (P. Doukellis) on the study of ‘spatiality’ and the sociological parameters of the diffusion of the names as a method for perceiving the complex mechanisms for the construction of personal identities.
This work is also a contribution to the epigraphy of the Cyclades, as the prosopographic catalogues were based on autopsy of the published and unpublished epigraphic material, relocation of stones and research in the archive of the Inscriptiones Graecae (Berlin). This method yielded hitherto unknown prosopographic data as well as new readings and interpretations of epigraphic texts which had not been studied for over a century. As part of the documentation, 47 plates include photos of several inscriptions or their squeezes, which are published here for the first time.