By Egbert J. Bakker

A finished account of the language of historic Greek civilization in one quantity, with contributions from top foreign students overlaying the old, geographical, sociolinguistic, and literary views of the language.

  • a suite of 36 unique essays through a workforce of foreign students
  • Treats the survival and transmission of historical Greek
  • comprises discussions on phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics

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Porter’s discussion of stoicheion brings together such diverse topics as esthetics in stylistic theory, “nonsense” inscriptions on early Classical vases, and a new reading of the Helen of Gorgias. Part VII in closing takes the Greek language out of antiquity and brings it to the modern age. Staffan Wahlgren in a sequel to Kim’s chapter discusses literary language under the Byzantine Empire and writers’ attitude toward the classical past. His overview is a useful correction of the common view of Byzantine literature as operating in a one-dimensional space with the classical models at one extreme and contemporary vernacular at the other.

Roger D. Woodard discusses in detail the second transcoding, the Greek adaptation of the Phoenician alphabet, which in its turn, as recent archeological discoveries have established, was the descendent of an adaptation of Egyptian logograms to stand for the consonants of a West Semitic language. In the adaptation of the resulting consonantal Semitic alphabet, Woodard, argues, Cypriot scribes must have played a key role, and Cyprus must have been the springboard for the expansion of the new invention over the Greek world.

Hammond and H. H. Scullard, The Oxford Classical Dictionary, 2nd edn. Oxford 1970 OCD 3 S. Hornblower and A. Spawforth, The Oxford Classical Dictionary, 3rd edn revised, Oxford 2003 ODB A. P. Kazhdan, Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium, New York 1991 OGIS W. Dittenberger, Orientis graeci inscriptiones selectae, 2 vols, Leipzig 1903–5 (repr. Hildesheim 1986) OJA Oxford Journal of Archaeology xxxii Abbreviations of Modern Sources OLP Orientalia Lovaniensia Periodica OSAP Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy P Amh.

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