Hello to everyone, I would like to thank you for accepting me to this interesting forum, where we can debate or help each other about Greek Language.
I started to learn this language because I need it to transliterate Medieval-Byzantine texts for my MA thesis, in the meantime I have made a researches in the internet and found some texts about Greek Paleography but with different meanings when is a word about Greek alphabet. My question about Greek language is: Which is the right type of writing or style of the Greek language to learn Byzantine Greek? Because in some texts it says that it modern greek, others its koine, attic etc. I hope I can exept an answer from specialists of this forum or from the other friends here.
All kinds of Greek will be useful when you study Byzantine Greek, but most of all Attic, in which the majority of Byzantine texts is written. Yet be aware that you will encounter other forms too. For example, some of Gregory the Theologian's works are written in Homeric Greek, etc.
St Gregory Nazianzen or St Gregory of Nazianzus is how usually western scholars refer to St Gregory of Constantinople the Theologian, as is known in the East. We call him "of Constantinople" because he was bishop of the City, and we also call him "the Theologian", because of his crucial contributions to the development of Christian theology.
His writings display great knowledge of Greek in all of the periods of the language. The most archaic elements, going back to Homer, are to be found in his poems (see Patrologia Graeca v. 37 and 38)
Hi George, Thank you for your explaining and welcoming honesty. I hope I can learn modern Greek from internet, how much I can and then to start with the other types of writing. I hope to find in the near future specialists for Greek Paleography.