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Abstract–Atticist lexica and the pronunciation of Greek

It can be proven that Atticist lexica contain information on a special pronunciation of Greek, which the Atticists aimed at achieving as part of their training. The paper illustrates the ways in which the lexica point their readers to this pronunciation, and examines some glosses that witness ‘hyperatticising pronunciations’, some of which may even have been inadvertently adopted by the lexicographers themselves.

About Carlo Vessella

Carlo Vessella (PhD Sapienza – University of Rome, Italy) has been a Lecturer in Classics at the University of Glasgow (2011/12 – 2013/14) and a Visiting Scholar at Wolfson College (Oxford, 2014). He is an Honorary Fellow (Cultore della materia) in Classics and in Comparative Philology at the Unversity of Rome (Sapienza) since 2008. His research focuses on the history of the Ancient Greek language, and in particular on the relationship between its spoken and its literary varieties, and how this was received in ancient scholarship. He has published articles on problems of historical linguistics related to Homeric textual criticism, Greek epigraphy, Atticist lexicography, and Boeotian poetry. He is one of the contributors to CLGP – Commentaria and Lexica Graeca in Papyris Reperta, with a section on Corinna; he also contributed to a history of the literary varieties of Greek edited by A.C. Cassio with four chapters (on classical prose, Menander, Theocritus, and Atticist lexicography). At the CHS, he is working at the revision of the book based on his PhD thesis, an investigation on the ideas about the correct pronunciation of Greek current among the educated elites of the 2nd and 3rd centuries CE, especially as they are reflected in the Atticist lexica.

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