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Aegean Koine

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Author(s): Niemeier, Wolf-Dietrich (Heidelberg) | Deger-Jalkotzy, Sigrid (Salzburg)
[German version] A. Definition In contrast to modern conditions, caused by political problems between Greece and Turkey, the Aegean sea in antiquity always had a connecting function between the Greek mainland, the islands of the Aegean and the west coast of Asia Minor. In the Aegean Bronze Age, cultural traits and ideas spread across the sea lanes several times to such an extent that each time, one can speak of the existence of an Aegean koine (AK). These Aegean koinai show differing forms. The one from the early Bronze Age (middle to second half of the 3rd millennium BC) …