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History of the Koine Language

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:37 am
by Jax
Can anyone here recommend a good book on the use/nature and or evolution of the Greek language from Alexander to the Byzantine era?

Thanks.

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Re: History of the Koine Language

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:30 am
by Ben C. Smith
Jax wrote:
Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:37 am
Can anyone here recommend a good book on the use/nature and or evolution of the Greek language from Alexander to the Byzantine era?

Thanks.

Λῆν
You may have to settle for a more comprehensive history of ancient Greek overall, with chapters dedicated to Koine. There are lots of books outlining the development of Greek, say, from Homeric or Mycenaean times up through late antiquity. I do not have any specific recommendations, though, since I have done no more than to skim any of them.

Re: History of the Koine Language

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:43 am
by Jax
Ben C. Smith wrote:
Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:30 am
Jax wrote:
Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:37 am
Can anyone here recommend a good book on the use/nature and or evolution of the Greek language from Alexander to the Byzantine era?

Thanks.

Λῆν
You may have to settle for a more comprehensive history of ancient Greek overall, with chapters dedicated to Koine. There are lots of books outlining the development of Greek, say, from Homeric or Mycenaean times up through late antiquity. I do not have any specific recommendations, though, since I have done no more than to skim any of them.
Shame. I would really like a better understanding of the Koine language.

Re: History of the Koine Language

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:50 am
by Ben C. Smith
Well, maybe try some of those broader treatments and scan the Koine chapters for footnotes; maybe they will point to books more dedicated to Koine on its own.

Re: History of the Koine Language

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 1:42 pm
by Jax
Ben C. Smith wrote:
Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:50 am
Well, maybe try some of those broader treatments and scan the Koine chapters for footnotes; maybe they will point to books more dedicated to Koine on its own.
Standard practice. :thumbup:

Maybe I'll get lucky.

Re: History of the Koine Language

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 1:50 pm
by Jax
Huh! Guess they only need to sell a couple of these to recover their costs. https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing ... dition=all

I love that they have the balls to include shipping. Anyone want to go in on it with me?