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Cyrenaean was the dialect spoken in the Greek cities of Cyrenaica (Eastern Libya) from the 7th c. BCE to the 7th c. CE, known mainly from inscriptions. It was steadily used in official documents until the 2nd c. CE, as part of the proper institutions of the cities, thus resisting to Koine. Cyrenaean belongs to the Doric group, but shows a few distinctive features, especially in the areas of phonetics and of the lexicon. 

Cyrenaean was the dialect of the Greek cities of Cyrenaica (modern Gebel Akhdar, in Eastern Libya). The presence…

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Catherine Dobias-Lalou, “Cyrenaean”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 21 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2013

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