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1. A group of dialects of ancient Greek spoken by the Aeolians. Also called Aeolian.
2. Any of several verse forms built around a central choriamb, used especially by Sappho, Alcaeus, and their imitators.
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(iːˈɒlɪk; iːˈəʊlɪk) or


1. (Peoples) of or relating to the Aeolians or their dialect
2. (Languages) of or relating to the Aeolians or their dialect
(Languages) one of four chief dialects of Ancient Greek, spoken chiefly in Thessaly, Boeotia, and Aeolis
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or E•ol•ic

(iˈɒl ɪk)

1. the group of ancient Greek dialects spoken in Aeolis, Lesbos, Thessaly, and Boeotia.
[1730–40; < Latin < Greek]
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Noun1.Aeolic - the dialect of Ancient Greek spoken in Thessaly and Boeotia and Aeolis
Ancient Greek - the Greek language prior to the Roman Empire
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References in classic literature ?
We can imagine, therefore, that among such folk a settler, of Aeolic origin like Hesiod, who clearly was well acquainted with the Ionian epos, would naturally see that the only outlet for his gifts lay in applying epic poetry to new themes acceptable to his hearers.
Horace the Minstrel: A Practical Study of his Aeolic Verse.
Think of Homer's idiom, a fusion of Ionic and Aeolic dialects with certain Arcadocypriot elements; or of Greek tragedy, which switches between the Attic dialect in the spoken sections and the Doric in choral lyrics.
In the Septem Psalmi of 1538, Macrin presents the seven penitential psalms in Aeolic verse.
In the Aeolic dialect in which she spoke and wrote, Sappho's name was actually "Psappha." Although very outspoken about her feelings in her poetry, she gave very few details about the circumstances of her life.
Koine sound-changes occur with increasing frequency over the course of the Hellenistic period, and Ionic, Aeolic, and Doric influences are present in many inscriptions, according to their geographical origins.
In justification he points out that Homeric Greek itself embodies a mix of linguistic elements (Ionic, Aeolic, Attic) and that Homer has sometimes been criticised through the centuries for including 'vulgar' elements, especially in the similes that extend the horizons of the poem to the agricultural and nature environments familiar to the ancient audiences of performance epic.
(11) Myrrha is the Aeolic variant, of Semitic origins, of the name Zmyrna or Smyrna.
It is largely Aeolic, (29) in that the unity of strophe is predicated on repeated Aeolic cola.