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Post  Dimitrios65 on Thu Dec 10, 2015 4:31 am

I'm just curious, does anybody know which dialect the Orphic Hymns were written in?
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Re: Orphic Hymns

Post  Erodius on Sun Dec 13, 2015 2:26 pm

Dimitrios65 wrote:I'm just curious, does anybody know which dialect the Orphic Hymns were written in?

They're written fundamentally in a kind of Ionic/Epic dialect with some standardizing Koine influences from centuries of transcription and editing, in which Koine forms came to be seen by many scribes and copyists as the 'correct' forms, leading them to 'Koine-ize' non-Koine words in many cases. This was a common pattern in later Antiquity.

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Re: Orphic Hymns

Post  Dimitrios65 on Sun Dec 13, 2015 3:11 pm

Do you think that the reason scholars date the Hymns to a later age is because of these standardizing Koine influences?
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