Greek dialects and the poetic super-language

In this video, Gregory Nagy, Douglas Frame, and Leonard Muellner provide an introduction to how ancient Greek dialects function in Homeric poetry: : what the different dialects are, how different forms fit into the metrical structure, and the evolution and perpetuation of the poetic super-language..

Topics include:

  • Attic Greek
  • koinē
  • Ionian
  • Aeolian
  • metrical differences and lack of redundancy
  • formulae
  • evolution and perpetuation of the poetic super-language

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