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Magna Graecia, Dialects
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Magna Graecia was home to both Doric and Ionic colonies. In ancient times there were speakers of West Ionic or Euboean and speakers of East Ionic. However, Ionic ceased to be spoken at a fairly early date in many cities, due to historical events, and was mostly superseded by the Koine. In the Doric colonies, the following dialects were spoken: Laconian, Achaean and Locrian. Although the existence of a Doric Koina is uncertain, there were c…

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Susana Mimbrera Olarte, “Magna Graecia, Dialects”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 21 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_000015>
First published online: 2013

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