Ionic dialect


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Ionic dialect the dialect of Ancient Greek spoken and written in Attica and Athens and Ionia
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ionic dialect (Gr. Gram) a dialect of the Greek language, used in Ionia. The Homeric poems are written in what is designated old Ionic, as distinguished from new Ionic, or Attic, the dialect of all cultivated Greeks in the period of Athenian prosperity and glory.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Ionic dialect the most important of the three main branches of the ancient Greek language (Ionic, Doric, ├ćolic), marked by greater softness and smoothness, the effect of its rich vowel system. Homer's Iliad is written in Old, the history of Herodotus in New Ionic: the Attic of Thucydides and Sophocles is its later form
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In literature:

Halicarnassus was one of the most important of the Doric cities, of which Herodotus was a native, though he wrote in the Ionic dialect.
"A Smaller History of Greece" by William Smith
He wrote in the Ionic dialect of his time.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 1"
Like the Doric, AEolic, and Ionic, these dialects were spoken over distant countries, and cultivated at different periods.
"The Ethnology of the British Colonies and Dependencies" by Robert Gordon Latham
His poems were written in the old Ionic dialect.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 4" by Various
This was written in the Ionic dialect, and contained a summary of his doctrines.
"Apollonius of Tyana, the Philosopher-Reformer of the First Century A.D." by George Robert Stowe Mead
We have no means of knowing what the Aeolic and Ionic of say the 9th century were, or if there were such dialects at all.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 6" by Various