A Historical Greek Reader
Mycenaean to the Koine
By (author) Stephen Colvin
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Historical Greek Reader by Stephen Colvin
Book DescriptionA 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 the Mycenaean 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 available elsewhere; 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, but provides 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199226603
(216mm x 138mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 15-Nov-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Stephen Colvin
Brief History of Ancient Greek, Hardback (January 2014)
A Brief History of Ancient Greek presents the history of this ancient language from its Indo-European beginnings to the present day, and explains key relationships between the language and literature of the Classical period (500 - 300 BC).
Historical Greek Reader, Hardback (November 2007)
Designed to be used as a textbook in university courses (either upper-level undergraduate or postgraduate), A Historical Greek Reader will also serve as a reference tool for researchers. It provides an introduction to the history of the ancient Greek language, and to Indo-European and historical linguistics in general.
Greco-Roman East, Paperback (May 2007)
An alternative socio-historical perspective of life in the Greco-Roman East, offered by specialists in this field.
Dialect in Aristophanes, Hardback (June 1999)» View all books by Stephen Colvin
Did the Greeks find it amusing, irritating or threatening when they heard another Greek speaking in a different dialect? This book exploits the evidence of ancient Greek comedy in an attempt to answer some of the questions about language attitude which are important for understanding ancient ideas about language and ethnicity.
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Author Biography - Stephen Colvin
Stephen Colvin is Reader in Classics and Comparative Philology at the University of London.
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