Ancient Cappadocian language

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Ancient Cappadocian
RegionAsia Minor
Extinctca. 6th century
Language codes
ISO 639-3None (mis)

The Ancient Cappadocian language is an ancient language or group of languages spoken in Asia Minor, probably related to Phrygian. There are no known texts in this language.[1]

Strabo and Basil of Caesarea state that it was not Greek.[2][3]

It was ultimately replaced by Koine Greek, but appears to have survived in some locations until at least the 6th century CE.[4]


  1. ^ Frank Trombley, Hellenic Religion and Christianization c. 370-529 2:120
  2. ^ Mark Janse, "The Resurrection of Cappadocian (Asia Minor Greek)", ΑΩ International full text
  3. ^ 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"
  4. ^ J. Eric Cooper, Michael J. Decker, Life and Society in Byzantine Cappadocia ISBN 0230361064, p. 14