Ancient Greek Alive

Posted on January 5th, 2011 by

Before you let anyone say that Ancient Greek is a dead language, direct them to this article, which tells us that…

…An isolated community near the Black Sea coast in a remote part of north-eastern Turkey has been found to speak a Greek dialect that is remarkably close to the extinct language of ancient Greece.

As few as 5,000 people speak the dialect but linguists believe that it is the closest, living language to ancient Greek and could provide an unprecedented insight into the language of Socrates and Plato and how it evolved.

The community lives in a cluster of villages near the Turkish city of Trabzon in what was once the ancient region of Pontus, a Greek colony that Jason and the Argonauts are supposed to have visited on their epic journey from Thessaly to recover the Golden Fleece from the land of Colchis (present-day Georgia). Pontus was also supposed to be the kingdom of the mythical Amazons, a fierce tribe of women who cut off their right breasts in order to handle their bows better in battle.

Read more here: Jason and the argot: land where Greek’s ancient language survives



  1. Jeremy Robinson says:

    Very interesting Yurie! Your links are dead though. I just googled the full story


  2. Yurie Hong says:

    Thanks, Jeremy. I keep trying to edit the link, but it’s refusing to cooperate. I give up. Maybe I’ll try again later.