Greek is attested in dialectal form from the first texts in Linear B onwards. Local dialects are used in every city or region from the Archaic to the Hellenistic period (in competition with the Koinḗ and regional Koinaí). In the Imperial period some dialects (e.g. Aeolic [Lesbian], Laconian ( Doric/Northwest Greek, Tsakonian) are used in a rather archaizing manner. Variants of the old dialects still survive …
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García-Ramón, José Luis (Cologne) and
Binder, Vera (Gießen),
“Greek dialects”, 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.
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