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In A Brief History of Ancient Greek, Stephen Colvin provides a lucid, authoritative, and highly engaging introduction to the first two thousand years of the Greek language.
Brent Vine, UCLA

Colvin′s history is authoritative and elegantly written, elucidating a great deal of complicated material with minimal fuss.
Joshua T. Katz, Princeton University

A thoroughly well–informed, lucid, and sensitive presentation of the history of ancient Greek: this book is clear, accessible, and at the same time admirably careful with facts, concepts, and debates.
Philomen Probert , Wolfson College, Oxford


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Attested since the fourteenth century BC, and still spoken today by over 10 million people, Greek has been one of the most influential languages in human history. English, Spanish, French, Russian and Arabic are among the many languages to have borrowed key terms and concepts from Greek.

A Brief History of Ancient Greek takes the reader through the history of this ancient language from its Indo–European beginnings right up to the present day, and explains key relationships between the language and literature of the Classical period (500 – 300 BC). The development of the language is also related to the social and political context, in line with modern sociolinguistic thought. The book reflects the latest scholarship on subjects such as Koiné Greek, and the relationship between literary and vernacular Greek.

All Greek is transliterated and translated where appropriate, so that the text is accessible to readers who know little or no Greek, including scholars and students who require an accessible overview of the history of the language, or linguists and professionals who need a quick source of data and background information.

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