Greek Dialects

Historical Context Essay

Michele Bianconi (University of Oxford)
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Introduction

Ancient Greek comes to us in a variety of texts written in different times, places and scripts. The kind of language of these texts is not the same throughout: we have many varieties of the language itself, as normally happens with well-documented languages. These varieties are commonly called “dialects”, but – as we shall see – this notion needs some further explanation.

Ancient Greek comes to us in a variety of texts written in different times, places and scripts. The kind of language of these texts is not the same throughout: we have many varieties of the language itself, as normally happens with well-documented languages. These varieties are commonly called “dialects”, but – as we shall see – this notion needs some further explanation.

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Citation: Bianconi, Michele. "Greek Dialects". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 August 2017 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=19492, accessed 22 April 2024.]

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