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It’s All Greek To Me: Modern Greek

When Constantinople fell to the Ottoman Turks, Byzantine Greek did not cease to exist, even though it was no longer the tongue of an empire. It continued on as the form of used in the Greek-speaking part of the Eastern … Continue reading

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It’s All Greek To Me: PIE & Proto-Greek

Before Mycenean Greek, what did the Greeks speak? And how can we tell, given that no written or recorded evidence exists? In 1786 William Jones, an British judge from Wales serving at Calcutta in Bengal, presented a paper to the … Continue reading

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It’s All Greek To Me: Byzantine Greek

In my previous posts on the history of the Greek language I talked about Mycenean Greek – the language that Greek speaking peoples spoke in the 2nd Millenium BCE – and three types of Ancient Greek, namely Homeric, Classical, and … Continue reading

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It’s All Greek To Me: Mycenaean Greek

What did Achilles, Odysseus, and Agamemnon sound like? Up until the 1950s you would have been directed to the earliest form of “classical Greek”, the archaic form of ancient Greek found in the lyrics of The Iliad and The Odyssey, … Continue reading

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