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Post  AgathonZante on Fri Jan 02, 2015 4:54 am

Is it more in keeping with old ways to say Hellenes instead of Greeks, or Hellas instead of Greece?
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Post  Erodius on Fri Jan 02, 2015 11:24 am

Greek is derived from a Latin word of uncertain etymology. 'Hellene' is derived from the Greek word for 'Greek'.

It is simply a matter of different languages. However, use of 'Hellene' to refer to 'Greek' or 'Hellas' to refer to Greece in English is really 'poetic' language rather than colloquial speech.

Outside of literary contexts, one will run into a problem of comprehension – as well as the fact that deliberate use of the Greek loan words rather than the standard English can sound contrived and a little bit haughty.

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Re: In Keeping With Old Ways

Post  Αγαμέμνων on Sat Jul 11, 2015 3:25 am

AgathonZante wrote:Is it more in keeping with old ways to say Hellenes instead of Greeks, or Hellas instead of Greece?

It is preferred that you not refer to Greece proper as 'Ελλάς' in the English language because it could potentially lead to linguistic misunderstanding. However, it is perfectly fine should you desire to call our people by a more familial name, viz. 'Eλληνες.

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