Shenoute wrote: "He built the baths which are called the baths of Agrippa after him" makes better sense to me than "he built the baths which are called by himself the baths of Agrippa".
Shenoute wrote:Well, we'll have to agree to disagree then
As I said the change in tense, from past to present, is to me an indication that the baths are called Aggripae because of the name of their creator. "He built them and he himself calls them baths of Agrippa" strikes me as weird...As if the author wanted to emphasize that even now Agrippa himself still calls the baths "baths of Agrippa".
Plus, the chapter of Familia Romana is a guided tour of 2nd(?) century (post-Flavian a least), Agrippa is long dead at that time which renders the use present tense even more strange if it means "are called by him".