Ancient Cappadocian language

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ancient Cappadocian
RegionAsia Minor
Extinctc. 6th century[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3None (mis)

The ancient Cappadocian language was an ancient language or group of languages spoken in Asia Minor, possibly related to Hittite or Luwian.[2][3] If Luwian, it may have been related to the dialect of Tabal.[3] However, there are no known texts in this language.[4]

Strabo and Basil of Caesarea state that it was not Greek.[2][5]

It was ultimately replaced by Koine Greek, but appears to have survived in some locations until at least the 6th century CE.[1]


  1. ^ a b J. Eric Cooper, Michael J. Decker, Life and Society in Byzantine Cappadocia ISBN 0230361064, p. 14
  2. ^ a b Mark Janse, "The Resurrection of Cappadocian (Asia Minor Greek)", ΑΩ International.
  3. ^ a b Mark Janse, The Survival of Cappadocian Greek.
  4. ^ Frank Trombley, Hellenic Religion and Christianization c. 370-529 2:120
  5. ^ As referenced in Arnold Hugh Martin Jones, The Cities of the Eastern Roman Provinces, 1937, p. 430: Strabo, 12:1:2, Basil of Caesarea, de Spiritu Sancto 29, Migne, P.G. 32:208 "και Καππαδόκαι δε ούτω λέγομεν εγχωρίως"