Medieval and Modern Greek

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 18, 1983 - History - 158 pages
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To speakers of modern Greek the Homeric poems of the 7th century BC are not written in a foreign language. The Greek language has enjoyed a continuous tradition from earliest times until now. This book traces its history from the immediately post-classical or Hellenistic period to the present day. The aim is both to analyse the changing structure of a language stabilised by a peculiarly long and continuous literary tradition, and to show how changing historical circumstances are reflected in its development. In particular the historical roots of modern Greek's internal bilingualism are traced.
  

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Contents

Introductory
1
Greek in the Hellenistic world and the Roman empire
19
The Greek language in the early middle ages 6th century1100
53
The Greek language in the later middle ages 11001453
69
Greek in the Turkish period
88
The development of the national language
100
The dialects of modern Greek1
119
Bibliography
138
Index of Greek words mentioned in the text
149
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Browning, Professor Emeritus of Classics, Birkbeck College, University of London.

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