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367Koine Greek  

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  • Hellenistic Koine

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  • Koine Greek (also known as Alexandrian dialect, common Attic or Hellenistic Greek) was the common supra-regional form of Greek spoken and written during Hellenistic and Roman antiquity. It developed through the spread of Greek following the conquests of Alexander the Great in the 4th century BC, and served as the common lingua franca of much of the Mediterranean region and the Middle East during the following centuries. It was based mainly on Attic and related Ionic speech forms, with various admixtures brought about through dialect levelling with other varieties.


  • Μπαμπινιώτης 1986
  • Χρηστίδης 2005
  • Χρηστίδης 2008


  • Katsiadakis Helen (AA)


  • Karasimos Athanasios (AA)


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