A History of Ancient Greek

A History of Ancient Greek : From the Beginnings to Late Antiquity

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This book provides the most comprehensive account of the history of the Greek language from its beginnings to late antiquity. In this revised and expanded translation of the Greek original published in 2001, a distinguished international team of scholars goes beyond a merely technical treatment of the subject by examining the language's relationship with politics, society and culture. An attempt is made to cover all aspects of the history of Greek, including those that are usually considered marginal, such as obscene language, the language of the gods and child talk. Other topics which receive particular emphasis are language contact and translation practices in antiquity. The book's clear organisation and concise chapters make it highly readable and accessible to non-specialists, and the text is supported by example passages from primary sources and numerous informative illustrations. It is an essential reference work for all those interested in the history of Greek.show more

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  • Hardback | 1660 pages
  • 190 x 252 x 72mm | 2,281.6g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 121 b/w illus. 13 maps 23 tables
  • 0521833078
  • 9780521833073
  • 671,509

Review quote

'This book offers the reader a truly grand and overarching perspective on the Greek language, and there is simply nothing comparable to it in scope or coverage. We cannot, in any sense, call this a standard historical grammar, nor is it the best place to seek a straightforward linear narrative of the more narrowly linguistic changes; it is something much richer and more exciting than that.' Journal of Hellenic Studies '... monumental work ... vast treasure of knowledge and research ... These chapters not only present relevant data but also carefully analyze the data with a critical awareness of the history of scholarly discussions. ... Incomparable in scope and in its critical analysis of the vast amount of data, this volume is destined to become one of the most significant reference tools for students of the ancient Greek language and its cognate fields.' Bulletin for Biblical Researchshow more

About A.F. Christidis

Anastassios-Fivos Christidis was Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Director of the Linguistics Section of the Centre for the Greek Language in Thessaloniki. He has previously published, in Greek, Language, Politics, Culture (1999) and Aspects of Language (2003).show more

Table of contents

Introduction: Part I. The Language Phenomenon; Part II. The Greek Language: Language and History; Part III. The Ancient Greek Dialects; Part IV. Ancient Greek: Structure and Change; Part V. Greek in Contact with Other Languages; Part VI. Translation Practices in Antiquity; Part VII. Language and Civilization; Part VIII. The Ancient Greeks and Language; Part IX. The Fortunes of Ancient Greek.show more