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Did Venetians speak Greek?

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Did Venetians speak Greek?

Since its inception the city of Venice has been closely linked to the Byzantine Greeks.

At the beginning of the Middle Ages Venice was part of Constantinople's empire (ancient Byzantium) and in 1204, with the Fourth Crusade, the Venetians conquered the ancient capital, and finally after 1453 (the Ottoman conquering of Constantinople) many Greeks moved to Venice, to escape persecution in Turkey.

Hence, it is not strange that the Venetian dialect, which is still widespread among the local population, contain several words that derive precisely from the Greek language.

There are about 300 and some words are linked to the construction sector, since many Greeks worked in that field, such as pato de la scala, i.e. the landing, which is derived from the Greek πατομα (patoma), which means floor, or even liagò - a place exposed to the sun that comes from the Greek ηλιακος (iliacos,) where Ilios is the sun.

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

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