Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Fun Facts About Ancient Greece


I spend a lot of time researching for my novel The Owl & The Eagle, and I'm surprised at all the interesting facts I come across about Ancient Greece and Persia. Therefore I decided to start sharing these facts with readers of my blog, just in case they're interested as well. :)


Fun Fact #1


OK, this is more of a theory than a fact, but I found it so fascinating I just had to share this! According to Nicholas Ostler, author of Empires of the World: A Language History of the World, Ancient Greek was actually a tonal language, with ..."each word given a distinctive melody of high and low tones..." The language that most closely parallels this today? Japanese!


Sugoi!



9 comments:

Carla said...

That is interesting! How does he know? That's not a flip question - how can you tell a language is tonal without hearing someone speak it?

Wynn Bexton said...

As far as I know, it was somewhat similar to today's Greek (if you look on inscriptions, you can make out similar words etc.) So 'tonal'? I don't know if that's correct. It is a language where you pronounce almost every letter in the word, with stresses put on certain parts of the word according to how many syllables. Therefore if you can read the script, it is easy to figure words out.

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