Byzantine Phase and Reception of Ancient Greek, the
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Greek was the language of the majority of Byzantines and was little influenced by other languages, with the exception of the heavy impact of Latin in late antiquity and then, to a lesser degree, of Italian and Turkish toward the end of the Empire’s existence. Byzantine scholars preserved what we have of ancient Greek literature today, making active choices based on their own needs and interests. They inherited from antiquity and further developed…

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Anthony Kaldellis, “Byzantine Phase and Reception of Ancient Greek, the”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 22 January 2019 <>
First published online: 2013

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