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Which Greek dialect did these Hellenistic thinkers write in?

Postby TonyLoco23 » Fri May 27, 2011 10:15 pm

Which Greek dialect did these early Hellenistic thinkers write in? (i.e. Attic, Doric, Koine, etc.) If none of their writings are extant, then which dialect would they likely have written in given their time and place?

Most of them are poets or scientists from the golden age of Ptolemaic Alexandria:

Aristotle
Theophrastus
Zenodotus
Strato of Lampsacus
Philitas of Cos
Demetrius of Phaleron
Dicaearchus
Theodorus the Atheist
Archimedes
The Poets of the Alexandrian Pleiad (Philiscus of Corcyra, etc.)
Callimachus
Apollonius of Rhodes
Erasistratus
Herophilos
Aristarchus of Samos
Eratosthenes
Euclid
Hipparchus

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Re: Which Greek dialect did these Hellenistic thinkers write

Postby jswilkmd » Sat May 28, 2011 7:17 am

Apollonius of Rhodes uses hexameter lines and the Homeric epic dialect, consciously imitating Homer.
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Re: Which Greek dialect did these Hellenistic thinkers write

Postby Markos » Mon May 30, 2011 12:07 am

Aristotle wrote in Attic and Archimedes wrote in Doric. The later said, I think, δος εμοι που στῶ και κινησω ταν γαν (not την γην.) I don't know about the others.

[ ὁ μεν Αριστοτλης εγραψεν Αττικῃ, ὁ δ' Αρχιμηδης Δορικῃ. ουτος εγραψεν το μεν Δος εμοι που στῳ και κινησω ταν γαν, το δε Την γην ουκ. περι των αλλων, ουκ οιδα. ]
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Re: Which Greek dialect did these Hellenistic thinkers write

Postby Markos » Mon May 30, 2011 4:10 am

Theodorus the Atheist


Shouldn't this guy have changed his name? :mrgreen:

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Re: Which Greek dialect did these Hellenistic thinkers write

Postby Nooj » Sat Jun 18, 2011 6:57 am

Tell that to Christophorus Hitchens. :)
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Re: Which Greek dialect did these Hellenistic thinkers write

Postby Lex » Sat Jun 18, 2011 10:05 pm

Sam(uel) Harris' name is ironic, too. *shrug*
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