What would people say to a wikipedia in ancient Greek?
It has an ISO (grc), it's a pretty important language
historically, and it's studied by hundreds of
thousands of people worldwide. Most every classics
department offers a course in Greek prose composition;
so, there would be plenty of nerdy people wanting to
write articles. Having a wikipedia in the language
would help to encourage students to take composition
seriously, and it would strengthen students' grasp of
The first western encyclopedias (like Suidas) were
written in Greek; so, there are plenty of public
domain entries to get the ball rolling.
There is a modern Greek wikipedia, but Ancient Greek
is really different from Modern demotic Greek in all
its most interesting qualities, like particles,
prepositions, and its huge vocabulary. Greeks can
more or less understand ancient Greek, but students of
ancient Greek have little or no knowledge of Modern
I'm a doctoral candidate in ancient Greek letters, and
I'd be willing to get the ball rolling. Let me know
what you think.
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