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This article discusses the Ancient Greek Perfect from both a synchronic and a diachronic point of view, from Archaic to post-Classical Greek. After giving an overview of three main approaches towards the semantics of this grammatical category, it focuses on the cross-linguistic approach, showing that the Perfect has undergone a semantic shift from resultative to perfective past. 

1. Introduction

The term ‘Perfect’ i…

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Klaas Bentein, “Perfect”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 21 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2013

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