Pronunciation of Ancient Greek

Published at the end of the 19th century when the pronunciation debate was raging, this book summarizes the main arguments being made by the “itacist” camp:

Βάσανος τῶν περὶ τῆς ἑλληνικῆς προφορᾶς Ἐρασμικῶν ἀποδείξεων

Introduction taken from the Grammar of Greek-born Oxford scholar Alexander Helladius in 1712, in which he critiques the manner that Greek was pronounced at that time in Western Europe (and, more or less, still is today):

Helladii Grammatica

For a brilliant examination of all the arguments for and against the Erasmian pronunciation, and a synthesis of all existing evidence, see the following (as yet unfinished) website:

www.attic.kanlis.com

Although some of the author’s proposals are untenable (in particular, regarding the values of ξ and ψ), the remaining content is excellent. There is no other such resource on all the internet.

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Pronunciation of Ancient Greek

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