The Greek Language

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Overview

In this companion volume to his earlier work, The Latin Language, Leonard R. Palmer now provides a history of The Greek Language, including an overview of the coming of the Greeks, the Linear B. Tablets, the Greek dialects, genres (in poetry and prose), and a comparative-historical grammar. Palmer discusses the transformation of the Greek language from its Indo-European roots, through the Bronze and Dark Ages, to the Classical, Hellenistic, and Roman periods and beyond. Major authors and genres are discussed throughout the history, including essays on Homer, Melic poetry, tragedy, Herodotus and Thucydides.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806128443
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 9/5/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 372
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Leonard R. Palmer was Professor of Comparative Philology at the University of Oxford and the author of over fifteen books, among them The Latin Language (University of Oklahoma Press).

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Table of Contents

List of Figures in the Text
Preface
I The Prehistory of the Greek Language 3
II The Earliest Texts: The Linear B Tablets 27
III The Greek Dialects 57
IV The Literary Languages: Poetry 83
V The Literary Languages: Prose 142
VI Post-Classical Greek 174
VII Writing and Pronunciation 201
VIII Phonology 212
IX Morphology 246
Bibliography 316
List of Abbreviations 321
List of Symbols 322
Subject Index 323
Index of Greek Words and Affixes 333
Index of Linear B Words 352
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