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Atticism was primarily a linguistic movement, secondarily also a rhetorical one, urging contemporary users of Greek to apply Attic standards in diction and rhetoric. Atticism arose as a result of three challenges: the downward course that Greek had taken with Alexander’s empire, in which …

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Chrys Caragounis, “Atticism”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 16 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2013

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