Origin of Hellenic
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Examples from the Web for pre-hellenic
Really of pre-Hellenic date, the place claimed to be an Argive colony.
It is because of this that we find coexisting in the pre-Hellenic times the sorcery of the Celt and the polytheism of the Hindu.History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume I (of 2)
John William Draper
I agree that the "non-Homeric sagas" represent more faithfully the primitive pre-Hellenic habits of thought.The World of Homer
Of such urns I have found an immense number in all the pre-Hellenic strata on the hill.
It is also impossible for me to ascertain its breadth without breaking down the curious pre-Hellenic house.
- a branch of the Indo-European family of languages consisting of Greek in its various ancient and modern dialects
Word Origin and History for pre-hellenic
"pertaining to Greece," 1640s, from Greek Hellenikos, from Hellen "a Greek," of unknown origin. Earliest surviving use is by Homer in reference to a Thessalian tribe.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper