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10.10.09

The Ancient Macedonian Language according to Modern Sources


History Of Macedonia(2) Σύγχρονες πηγές για την Γλώσσα των Αρχαίων Μακεδόνων – The Language of Ancient Macedonians according to modern Sources

* P.A.Brunt.
”The relics of the Macedonian language, such as the names of
places and persons, both human and divine {..} show that it
was basically Greek with an admixture of [probably] Illyrian
.

* Martin, Thomas R (1996) “Ancient Greece From Prehistoric to
Hellenistic Times” pg. 188.
Macedonians had their own language related to Greek, but the
members that dominated Macedonian society routinely learned
to speak Greek because they thought of themselves and indeed all
Macedonians as Greek by blood
.”

* Hammond & Griffith “A History of Macedonia 550-336 BC” Vol II
“Macedonian was not a non-Greek language but a dialect of the
Greek language
in which Alexander spoke for a special purpose;
and in the case of his order the vocabulary, as well as the
pronunciation, was probably particular to this dialect. On
a later occasion the Macedonian”

* Hammond (1992) “The Miracle that was Macedonia” pg. 206.
As members of the Greek race and speakers of the Greek language,
the Macedonians shared in the ability to initiate ideas and
create political forms.”

* O.Masson (1996) “The Oxford Classical Dictionary 3rd ed. Macedonia,
Language” pgs 905-906
Masson states:
Yet in contrast with earlier views which made of it an
Aeolic dialect [O. Hoffmann compared Thessalian] we must by
now think of a link with North west Greek [Locrian, Aetolian,
Phocidian, Epirote]. This view is supported by the recent
discovery at Pella of a curse tablet [4th c BC] which may
well be the first ‘Macedonian’ text attested
[provisional
publication by E. Voutyras; cf. the Bulletin Epigraphique
in Rev.Et.Grec.1994no.413]; the text includes an adverb “opoka”
which is not Thessalian.
We must wait for new discoveries, but we may tentatively
conclude that Macedonian is a dialect related to North-West
Greek.”

* Toynbee, A.J
“King Philip II’s momentous decision to make, not the native
Macedonian variety of North-East Greek
, but Attic the
official language of the kingdom of Macedon which, in the
next generation, had generated the Greek successor states of
the Persian Empire.”

* R. Malcolm Errington, ‘A History of Macedonia’
University of California Press, February 1993, pg 3

That the Macedonians and their kings did in fact speak a dialect of Greek and bore Greek names may be regarded nowadays as certain.”

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