A Historical Greek Reader: Mycenaean To The Koine

Paperback | November 19, 2007

byStephen Colvin

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A Historical Greek Reader provides an introduction to the history of the ancient Greek language by means of a series of texts with linguistic commentary, cross-referenced to each other and to a reference grammar at the front. It offers a selection of epigraphic and literary texts from theMycenaean period (roughly the fourteenth century BC) to the koine (the latest text dates to the second century AD), and includes a wide range of Greek dialect texts. The epigraphic section balances a number of well-known inscriptions with recent discoveries that may not be easily availableelsewhere; a selection of literary texts traces major developments in the language of Greek poetry and literary prose. The book finishes with an account of the linguistic and sociolinguistic background of koine Greek. The commentary assumes no prior knowledge of Greek historical linguistics, butprovides a basic amount of up-to-date bibliography so that advanced students and others can pursue linguistic issues at greater depth where necessary.

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A Historical Greek Reader provides an introduction to the history of the ancient Greek language by means of a series of texts with linguistic commentary, cross-referenced to each other and to a reference grammar at the front. It offers a selection of epigraphic and literary texts from theMycenaean period (roughly the fourteenth centur...

Stephen Colvin is Reader in Classics and Comparative Philology at the University of London.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:300 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.74 inPublished:November 19, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199226601

ISBN - 13:9780199226603

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Table of Contents

I. Introduction1. Greek and Indo-European2. Mycenaean Greek3. The alphabetic period4. Dialect diversity: the eighth to the fourth centuries BC5. Literary languages6. Post-classical prose: the koineII. Texts with translation and commentaryMycenaeanGreek dialect inscriptionsGreek literary texts