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I'm interested in the grammatical variation that is found between prose writers in what is putatively a single dialect of Greek, Attic. Such variation exists on various levels:

  • Phonology: e.g., some writers write -ττ-, others -σσ-; Thucydides writes ξύν where most writers prefer σύν.
  • Morphology: e.g., desideratives in -σέω are fairly productive in Thucydides, but not in most other writers.
  • Morphosyntax: e.g., Xenophon has purpose clauses with ὅπως + fut. ind., where other writers tend to use the subjunctive.

I want to identify such distinguishing features for the major Attic prose writers. I assume this has been done for different authors to different extents. Where would I find such information about specific writers (presumably some commentaries might discuss this, but which ones?), or even better, a comparative study?

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For a general introduction to the ways that Greek dialect and style interact over time, Geoffrey Horrock's Greek: a History of the Language and its Speakers will have the best overall coverage. A lighter (though still fairly technical) approach is in Leonard Palmer's The Greek Language.

There's also a website for an advanced course in Greek Rhetoric and Prose Style which could perhaps be organized better, but has a lot of good info: Greek 701. The links off the syllabus have the most information.

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