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Greek Language

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Author(s): Dürbeck, Helmut
Ancient Greek, a daughter language of Indo-European, was the language of the tribes that in the second millennium b.c. pushed into various areas of the mainland of Greece, into the Aegean Islands, and onto the west coast of Asia Minor. At this time there were only two dialects, Northern Greek and Southern Greek, which did not differ so greatly as the dialects of the historical period. From Southern Greek there developed Old Ionic, Mycenaean, Ionic (with Attic), Arcadian, and Cypriot. From Northe…