An endangered Greek dialect spoken in Turkey has been identified by Dr Ioanna Sitaridou as a “linguistic goldmine” because of its closeness to a language spoken 2,000 years ago.
Until Medieval times, the area of Trabzon, on the Black Sea coast of Turkey, lay at the heart of the Greek-speaking world. The land of the legendary Amazon kingdom was colonised by the Greeks in the 8th and 7th centuries BC and was immortalised in Greek mythology as the area from which Jason and his crew of 50 Argonauts began their journey across the Black Sea on his quest for the Golden Fleece.
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