Eureka wrote:It seems to me that Attic should be viewed as a dialect of Ionic with Dorian influences. Instead, textbooks seem to treat it like it's a language in it's own right. Does anyone here know of any textbooks that explain the Ionic and the Doric and, through them, the Attic?
Or, failing that, how can I find out more about these other dialects?
What were the Byzantines doing, when they were supposed to copying this stuff down?annis wrote:Except for Herodotus in Ionic, there simply isn't major literary representation of the other dialects. If someone digs up all 10 books of Sappho's poetry in the sands of Egypt at some point that might change, and Lesbian Aeolic could become more popular. But I doubt it'd ever be the base dialect for a course of study.
Although it seems like biting off more than I can chew, I think it'll actually be easier to learn this way. However, I have no serious goal in mind.Is this just curiosity, or do you have a particular goal in mind?
Thanks, I'll look for that.If you can, hunt down Buck's Greek Dialects. It has lots of interesting stuff along with lots of examples, which are all from public monuments from all over.
I'm suprised to hear that there isn't much surviving literature in Doric, considering the number of powerful, independent Dorian cities.annis wrote:there simply isn't major literary representation of the other dialects.
Also, I know there's a lot of ancient Greece that isn't Attica; so my goal was always to learn Ancient Greek, not just Attic. But, because most surviving texts are in Attic, it is my main interest.
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