It’s all Greek to me

Map of Ancient Greece

Map of Ancient Greece

This expression may be a direct translation of a similar phrase in Latin. Graecum est, non legitur (‘it is Greek, it cannot be read’) was a phrase used by monk scribes in the Middle Ages, as knowledge of the Greek alphabet and language was dwindling among those engaged with copying manuscripts in monastic libraries.

We live in a more fortunate age. No longer the preserve of a privileged few, modern media enable us to share the riches of Classical Greek with anyone who is interested.



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