from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A group of dialects of ancient Greek spoken by the Aeolians. Also called Aeolian.
  • n. Any of several verse forms built around a central choriamb, used especially by Sappho, Alcaeus, and their imitators.

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  • proper n. An ancient Greek dialect spoken in Boeotia and the island of Lesbos.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Æolian, 1
  • adj. Pertaining to, caused by, or designating, the action of the wind in modifying the earth's surface. Same as aeolian{3}.
  • n. the dialect of Ancient Greek spoken in Thessaly and Boeotia and Aeolis.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to Æolis or Æolia, to the Æolians, or to Æolus, their mythical ancestor; Æolian: as, Æolic towns; the Æolic branch of the Greek race.
  • n. The language of the Æolians; the Æolian dialect of Greek.
  • n. Also written Eolic and Aiolic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the dialect of Ancient Greek spoken in Thessaly and Boeotia and Aeolis


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From Latin aeolicus, from Ancient Greek αἰολικός (aiolikos) or Αἰολικός (Aiolikos, "like the Aeolians").


  • But I look at some of the Greats with a capital G of the past — take Sappho (who has come up in another conversation), who wrote in an Aeolic dialect of ancient Greek — in an island vernacular — for what must have been the tiniest of audiences by our standards.

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  • The palmette capitals of the tree-like columns are not lotus-blossom capitals, as Weinberg and other classicists once supposed, much less “proto-Aeolic” capitals as William F. Albright thought.

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  • 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.

    Hesiod, Homeric Hymns, and Homerica

  • And that this Aeolic speaking poet was a Boeotian of

    Hesiod, Homeric Hymns, and Homerica

  • Ionian exiles and the Lesbians with the expedition began to urge him, since this seemed too dangerous, to seize one of the Ionian cities or the Aeolic town of Cyme, to use as a base for effecting the revolt of Ionia.

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

  • Besides these there were men of Aeolic race, the Methymnians, subjects who provided ships, not tribute, and the Tenedians and Aenians who paid tribute.

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

  • While the Peloponnesians were in the Hellespont, the Antandrians, a people of Aeolic extraction, conveyed by land across Mount Ida some heavy infantry from Abydos, and introduced them into the town; having been ill-treated by Arsaces, the Persian lieutenant of

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

  • Aeolic, Sappho's dialect, didn't have initial rough breathings, so the article would be "o," not "ho."

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  • First, as for the word bulimy, it was agreed upon by all to denote a great and public famine, especially among us who use the Aeolic dialect, putting [Greek omitted] for [Greek omitted].

    Essays and Miscellanies

  • Aeolic, the dialect spoken in Boeotia, Thessaly, Lesbos and a small portion of the northern Asia Minor coast, is of little importance in Thucydides, and he rarely alludes to Aeolians 3.31.1; 8.108.4.



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