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Aeolic (Lesbian).
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Lesbian (called ‘Aeolian’ in antiquity) is documented in inscriptions from Lesbos (locations: Mytilene, Methymna, Eresus), Aeolis (Aegae, Cyme) and Troas (Assus), also, sometimes reliably, in the lyric poets ( Alcaeus [4],  Sappho,  Iulia Balbilla).

Aside from a Mytilenian contract from the 5th cent. BC, the more important inscriptions originate primarily in the 4th and 3rd cents.: but they already contain Attic and κοινή forms, as well as mixed forms, especially the official documents; toward the end of the 2nd …

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García-Ramón, José Luis (Cologne), “Aeolic (Lesbian).”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 21 June 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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