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Secret Language/Codes/Magical Language
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The ancient Greeks developed steganography and cryptography to keep written words safe from prying eyes. The former relied on the advantage of obscurity, the latter employed linguistic and mathematical means to protect information. Albeit from a slightly different point of view, covert messages were also delivered by oracles, of which the most famous was at Delphi. The responses of oracles were believed to be…

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Lucio Melazzo, “Secret Language/Codes/Magical Language”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 05 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000313>
First published online: 2013

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