Greek: A History of the Language and its Speakers, 2nd Edition
March 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
• Offers a complete linguistic treatment of the history of the Greek language
• Updated second edition features increased coverage of the ancient evidence, as well as the roots and development of diglossia
• Includes maps that clearly illustrate the distribution of ancient dialects and the geographical spread of Greek in the early Middle Ages
Preface to the Second Edition.
The Greek Alphabet.
Introduction: The Scope and Purpose of This Book.
Part I: Ancient Greek: From Mycenae to the Roman Empire.
1. The Ancient Greek Dialects.
2. Classical Greek: Official and Literary ‘Standards’.
3. The Rise of Attic.
4. Greek in the Hellenistic World.
5. Greek in the Roman Empire.
6. Spoken Koine in the Roman Period.
Part II: Byzantium: From Constantine I to Mehmet the Conqueror.
7. Historical Prelude.
8. Greek in the Byzantine Empire: The Major Issues.
9. Byzantine Belles Lettres.
10. The Written Koine in Byzantium.
11. Spoken Greek in the Byzantine Empire: The Principal Developments.
12. Texts in the ‘Vernacular’.
Part III: Modern Greek: From the Ottoman Empire to the European Union.
13. Ottoman Rule and the War of Independence.
14. Spoken Greek in the Ottoman Period.
15. Written Greek in the Turkish Period.
16. The History of the Modern Greek State.
17. The ‘Language Question’ and its Resolution.
- Offers a complete linguistic treatment of the history of the Greek language from the Mycenaean period of the second millennium BC to the current day
- Updated and expanded second edition features increased coverage of the ancient evidence, as well as the roots and development of diglossia
- Explores the evolution of the Greek language in its regional and social heterogeneity and in both its spoken and written forms
- Includes maps that clearly illustrate the distribution of ancient dialects and the geographical spread of Greek in the early Middle Ages
"The text is likewise to be recommended to individuals interested in the effects of politics, military history, and culture on the history of language. In fact, perhaps one of Horrocks' greatest achievements is the skill with which he demonstrates the special value of the history of Greek, thinking about the Greek language in terms of breadth and depth that are unusual among linguists working on Greek." (Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 9 May 2011)
This second takes account of reviews of the first and of the 2006 Greek translation." (Book News Inc, November 2010)“The only proper history of Greek from the earliest evidence up to the present day, Horrocks’s book is a major achievement and fills a large scholarly and pedagogical gap.”
Joshua T. Katz, Princeton University
"Horrocks has outdone himself. The 1st edition was as good an overview of the entire history of Greek as there is, yet this 2nd edition improves on that, with added material on all periods of Greek. This important work is well-written, informative, and interesting."
Brian D. Joseph, The Ohio State University
“Horrocks offers an exemplary, and unique, survey of the development of the Greek language from its Mycenaean beginnings to the present day, with a particular emphasis on the reasons for Greek’s linguistic conservatism. Widely read and much praised in its first edition, this expanded and revised second edition is to be recommended even more highly to all those interested in Greek of any period.
Elizabeth Jeffreys, University of Oxford