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Greek Loanwords in Syriac
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Syriac, which is a dialect of Aramaic spoken and written in Late Antique Syria and Mesopotamia, contains a number of Greek loanwords. Most of these are nouns, though there are also particles and verbs. The Greek loanwords in Syriac are an important witness to the Greek of Late Antique Syria and Mesopotamia.

Syriac underwent a prolonged period of contact with Greek (Greek and Syriac). This resulted in a large number of Greek loanwords in Syriac. There are in fact more than eight-hundred Greek loanwords attested in pre-eighth…

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Aaron Butts, “Greek Loanwords in Syriac”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 02 April 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_00000473>
First published online: 2013

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