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Koine, Features of

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Author(s): Sofia Torallas Tovar
Abstract Koine Greek is the Greek language commonly spoken and written in the eastern Mediterranean in the Hellenistic and Roman periods. It is impossible to describe fully the characteristics of a language spoken over so wide a geographical area, across a period of several centuries, and utilized across all levels of speech, from the most erudite philosopher to the barely literate peasant. However, there are trends and features of both literary and colloquial speech that appear regularly in the …
Date: 2013-11-01