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Classical Philology: Ancient Greek: Overviews

The following items provide useful overviews of the history, development, and study of the Ancient Greek language.

Brill's Companion to Ancient Greek Scholarship

Print, 2 vols.; edited by F. Montanari, S. Matthaios, and A. Rengakos (Brill, 2015): This volume aims at providing a reference work in the field of ancient Greek and Byzantine scholarship and grammar, thus encompassing the broad and multifaceted philological and linguistic research activity during the entire Greek Antiquity and the Middle Ages. 


The Cambridge History of Classical Literature, Vol. I: Greek Literature

Online; edited by P. E. Easterling and B. M. Knox (Cambridge, 1985): The Cambridge History of Classical Literature, Volume 1 offers a comprehensive survey of Greek literature from Homer to end of the period of stable Greco-Roman civilization in the third century A.D.  Among the special features are important introductory chapters by the General Editors on "Books and Readers," discussing the conditions under which literature was written and read in Antiquity.  There are also extensive appendices giving detailed information in a convenient form. 


Companion to the Ancient Greek Language

Online; edited by Egbert J. Bakker (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010): A comprehensive account of the language of Ancient Greek civilization in a single volume, with contributions from leading international scholars covering the historical, geographical, sociolinguistic, and literary perspectives of the language.  This collection of 36 original essays by a team of international scholars treats the survival and transmission of Ancient Greek and includes discussions on phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics.


Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics

Print, 3 vols.; edited by Georgios K. Giannakis (Brill, 2014): This encyclopedia brings together the latest research from across a range of disciplines contributing to our knowledge of Ancient Greek.  It offers a systematic and comprehensive treatment of all aspects of the history and study of Ancient Greek, comprising detailed descriptions of the language from Proto-Greek to koine.  With well over 500 entries on all aspects of Ancient Greek, this new encyclopedia is the authoritative reference work for students and researchers of Ancient Greek, general linguistics, Indo-European languages, and Biblical literature. 


A History of Ancient Greek: From the Beginnings to Late Antiquity

Print; edited by A. F. Christidis (Cambridge, 2007): This book provides the most comprehensive account of the history of the Greek language from its beginnings to Late Antiquity.  In this revised and expanded translation of the Greek original published in 2001, a distinguished international team of scholars goes beyond a merely technical treatment of the subject by examining the language's relationship with politics, society and culture.