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The question of the place of Boeotian among the other Greek dialects was already posed in Antiquity: ‘Aeolic’ (Aeolic Dialects) according to most authors, close to Doric according to others, but also a ‘barbaric’ dialect. In fact, it was made up of diverse elements, which is explained by the geopolitical situation of the region.

1. Alphabets

The local alphabet is close to the Chalcidic alphabet (Local Scripts), with 21 usual chara…

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Guy Vottéro, “Boeotian”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 22 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000048>
First published online: 2013

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