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Boeotian is known from inscriptions from, i.a., Lebadea, Orchomenus, Tanagra, Thebes, Thespiae (unified alphabet since the 1st half of the 4th cent.), as also from  Corinna, whose text mirrors the spelling on the inscriptions from Tanagra ( Greek literary languages).

Notwithstanding the influence of Attic and koinḗ, Boeotian survives in inscriptions into the first half of the 2nd cent. BC. Especially characteristic is the development of the vowel system (monophthongization of diphthongs, stressing of * ē and * e,* o), which had been evident since the 5th ce…

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García-Ramón, José Luis (Cologne), “Boeotian”, 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 22 June 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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