Macedonian
(732 words)

[German version]

A reliable verdict on the character and origins of Macedonian is hardly possible (μακεδονίζειν/makedonízein ‘to speak Macedonian’, μακεδονιστί/makedonistí ‘in Macedonian’) as it only survives in small fragments. In spite of a few recently found inscriptions possibly composed in Macedonian (among them a defixio from Pella, 4th cent. BC), for now we depend entirely on the vocabulary left to us by Greek lexicographers and historians including around 140 glosses which were designated as Macedonian or used as such, which in part come from the collection of Amerias, in …

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Haebler, Claus (Münster), “Macedonian”, 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 14 December 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e719030>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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