Locrian Greek

Locrian Greek is an ancient Greek dialect that was spoken by the Locrians in Locris, Central Greece. It is a dialect of Northwest Greek. The Locrians were divided into two tribes, the Ozolian Locrians and the Opuntian Locrians, thus the Locrian dialect can be also divided in two branches, the Ozolian and Opuntian respectively. The traits of both dialects were described by Wilhelm Dittenberger, editor of the project Inscriptiones Graecae.[1]

Locrian Greek
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Ozolian Locrian

  • Dative plural of the third declension in -οις (-ois) instead of -σι (-si), a Northwest trait, e.g. πάντοις pantoisπᾶσι pasi, μειόνοις meionois — μείοσι meiosi
  • The adjective διπλειός dipleios instead of διπλοῦς diplous
  • The assimilation of κ (k) in the preposition ἐκ ek with the first consonant of the next word, e.g. ἐλ λιμένος e(l) limenosἐκ λιμένος ek limenos
  • The preposition κατά (kata) governs the genitive rather than the accusative, e.g. καθ'ὧν kath'ōnκαθ'ἅ kath'a

Opuntian Locrian

  • Dative plural of the third declension in -εσσι (-essi) instead of -οις (-ois), an Aeolic trait which was found in the Phocian dialect too, e.g. Κεφαλλάνεσσι Kephallanessi, χρημάτεσσι chrêmatessi
  • The infinitive in -εν (-en) instead of -ειν (-ein), e.g. ἀναγράφεν anagraphenἀναγράφειν anagraphein
  • The patronymic names are according to the name they define, an Aeolic trait, e.g. Δαναΐς Νικοτελεία Danais Nikoteleia — Δαναΐς Νικοτέλους Danais Nikotelous
  • The preposition κατά (kata) governs the genitive rather than the accusative, e.g. καθ'ὧν kath'ōnκαθ'ἅ kath'a


  • δείλομαι deilomai will, want (Locrian and Delphian) (Attic boulomai) (Coan dêlomai) (Doric bôlomai) (Thessalian bellomai)
  • ϝέρρω Werrô go away (Attic errô) (Hsch. berrês fugitive, berreuô escape)
  • Ϝεσπάριοι Λοϟροὶ Wesparioi Lokroi Epizephyrian (Western) Locrians in Calabria (Attic hesperios of the evening, western, Doric wesperios) (cf. Latin Vesper) IG IX,1² 3:718
  • Λοϟροὶ τοὶ ͱυποκναμίδιοι Lokroi toi hypoknamidioi (Attic Lokroi hoi hypoknemidioi) Hypoknemidian Locrians; under mount Knemis IG IX,1² 3:718
  • ὀπλίαι opliai places where the Locrians counted their cattle

See also


  1. ^ Inscriptiones Graecae Septentrionalis, Pars I Inscriptiones Phocidis, Locridis, Aetoliae, Acarnaniae, Insularum maris Ionii, Berolini, 1897, IG. IX, I

External links

  • Fr. Bechtel. Die griechishe Dialekte, II. Berlin, 1923.
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Locrian may refer to:

Locrians, an ancient Greek ethnic group

Locrian Greek, ancient Greek dialect spoken by the Locrians

Locris, the territory of the LocriansIn music:

Locrian mode, a musical mode or diatonic scale

Major Locrian scale, the scale obtained by sharpening the second and third degrees of the locrian mode

Locrian sharp 2 or Half diminished scale, a musical scale commonly used in jazz and some rock

Locrian (band), Chicago-based experimental music duo


Melinno (Ancient Greek: Μελιννῶ) was a Greek lyric poet. She probably lived in the 2nd century BCE, and was probably from Epizephyrian Locris in Magna Graecia, but because little biographical material on her is available, this is uncertain. She is credited with the work commonly called Ode to Rome, which presents unique problems in the analysis of Greek poetry and is viewed as influential in the future course of Greek and Latin poetry. Her work has been characterised as "something of a sport, to which the extant remains of Greek poetry present no parallel."

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