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Greek and Carian
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Carian is an indigenous IE language of the Anatolian branch attested between the 7th and 4th c. BCE. It had its own alphabetic script and sources come from Egypt and Caria proper, in the SW corner of Anatolia. For most of its historical period Caria was the seat of a Persian satrapy under the rule of the Hecatomnids.

1. Definition and Name

Geographically classical Caria covered the south-western corner of Anatolia with the Maeander and Indos river…

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Theo van den Hout, “Greek and Carian”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 01 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000149>
First published online: 2013

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