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Is the adamic alphabet the origin of the Greek?

That particular website, well ... its not very credible. Its part of Wikia, a site designed for Science Fiction/Fantasy fans to create their own wikis. In other words, things don't get deleted/removed/...
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Until when was Marseille Greek-speaking?

There is evidence that Greek continued to be used in Massalia (Roman name: Massilia) even during the late empire and the spread of Christianity. To cite one academic source, ...the city preserved its ...
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Why did Latin take root so deeply in Italy, Gaul, and the Iberian Peninsula, but not Greece or beyond?

Suspect it was because Greek already had well established literacy whereas other regions you name were much less literate. The Latin alphabet was based on the Etruscan alphabet which was in turn based ...
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What was the northernmost region/city in the Roman Empire that spoke Greek as the native language?

Definitely, Crimea (Chersonesos) or some place in its surrounding. Crimea's south coast was part of Roman Empire in 47 BC - 330 AD, and also a part of the Byzantine Empire later. Greek colonists ...
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Why did Latin take root so deeply in Italy, Gaul, and the Iberian Peninsula, but not Greece or beyond?

Greek states were very much culturally superior to Rome at the time of conquest. This was recognized even by the Romans themselves. A well-educated Roman had to read and speak Greek. There was ...
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Until when was Marseille Greek-speaking?

Edited after further research. I once made a timeline of Emporion, a colony from Massalia in Catalonia, northern Spain, some time ago. From that timeline, I'll make some points that refer to Massalia: ...
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Is it true that Plato travelled till Ganges river?

You are taking the quote out of context. Here is the complete text from the Story of Civilization: Twelve years he wandered, imbibing wisdom from every source, sitting at every shrine, tasting ...
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Origin of an old museum ticket

These are tickets to the archaeological sites of Epidaurus (which includes the still in use theatre) and Mycenae. In the Epidaurus ticket, the images are of the Athenian Pnyx and the orator ...
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Why is Papadopoulos such a common surname in Greece?

In the Orthodox Church parish priests are virtually always married. Monks and higher clergy (Bishops etc.) are celibate.
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What words were obliterated from the Great Colonnade at Palmyra?

This is the most prominent of the inscriptions on the Grand Colonnade in Palmyra. It is a bilingual inscription dedicating the column in Greek and Palmyrene. The Greek portion of the inscription is as ...
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What does a "wage" mean in the time of 'The Odyssey'?

The quote is from Odyssey 10.84-6: ἔνθα κ᾿ ἄυπνος ἀνὴρ δοιοὺς ἐξήρατο μισθούς, τὸν μὲν βουκολέων, τὸν δ᾿ ἄργυφα μῆλα νομεύων· ἐγγὺς γὰρ νυκτός τε καὶ ἤματός εἰσι κέλευθοι. where the Greek word ...
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What is the source for this story about Plato expelling a student?

This anecdote is quite common, many versions do not have "expel him", and it is more frequently associated with Euclid rather than Plato. Which is more natural. After all Plato did not teach ...
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What was the northernmost region/city in the Roman Empire that spoke Greek as the native language?

This Map of Greek Colonies in the Adriatic shows that the most northerly posts were Pharos and Issos halfway up the coast. These were secondary settlements from Syracuse and Ionian cities, though. If ...
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Did Greeks and Romans tolerate those who only worshipped some of their gods?

Did they tolerate those who only believed in some of their gods? I don't see how it is possible - how does one believe in, say, Mars but not in his father Jupiter? Mars is defined as a Jupiter's son! ...
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Did Greeks and Romans tolerate those who only worshipped some of their gods?

There is a major definition problem here. The cultures you reference did not draw a distinction between church and state. To refuse to offer incense to the patron god of the state was to refuse the ...
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What does a "wage" mean in the time of 'The Odyssey'?

Pre-modern payments for exertion were: gratuities: such as the coin to the beggar payment for an good or instant service: such as the loaf from the baker or the fuck from the whore part of a long ...
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Origin of an old museum ticket

The text above the first image is in both Greek alphabet and in English, the latter being: (He did did not seem to be resting, but his mind was in action and he seemed to be revolving some subtle ...
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What is the history of the use of word dividers in Greek?

There is no easy answer to this question. There tended to be a wide variation in styles and approaches to writing. For example, if you look at just the examples in "Studies in fifth century Attic ...
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Why didn't the Greek language survive in Egypt?

The most notable continual use of the Greek language in Egypt was by the Patriarchate of Alexandria and the Orthodox communities that surrounded it. Estimating how large this community was throughout ...
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Why didn't the Greek language survive in Egypt?

Greek was the language of government and the ruling elite in Egypt from the Ptolemies (successors to Alexander the Great in the fourth century BC) down to the conquest of Byzantine Egypt by Muslim ...
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Why and when were ancient Egyptian hieroglyph phonograms used?

Just to clarify definitions, phonograms are symbols that are used to represent sounds. Ideograms are symbols used to represents objects or concepts. The ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic alphabet seems ...
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Is the name of "Diocletian" just a coincidence?

It is a Latin derivative of the Greek name Dioklēs, which is from dio- (the compositional stem of the divine name Zeus), plus –klēs (“fame”). So it means “with fame from Zeus”. It has nothing to do ...
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How widespread was literacy in classical Greek in Europe during the medieval period?

Knowledge of Greek was rare until the Renaissance. Scholars fleeing the fall of Constantinople brought to Italy their knowledge of Classical Greek, a good bit different from the popular Greek. In ...
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Did Greeks and Romans tolerate those who only worshipped some of their gods?

It is entirely possible to find ancient Greeks and Romans discussing this very matter. My amateur opinion is that it was sort of a favorite parlor game to try to map the gods of one civilization to ...
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Do Pashtuns belong to Greek heritage?

At least two wiki pages cover your question: Theories of Pashtun origin Pashtuns, section History and origins The first of these mentions the Greco-Bactrian origin among other legends, and concludes:...
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Is it true that Plato travelled till Ganges river?

There is no mention in any Greek source of Plato travelling to India, or to any place in Asia. He did however sail to Sicily.
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Is it true that Plato travelled till Ganges river?

I don't know yet, but there is some indirect evidence that an Indian Yogi met Socrates. Travelling far and wide was not uncommon. Shankaracharya travelled all over India on foot. So did Ramanuja. Fa ...
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How did Greeks make greek fire?

We don't know how it was made because the formula for it has been lost. It was probably not even the same thing in every case, but instead a generic name for incendiary weapons. The real power of ...
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Is the name of "Diocletian" just a coincidence?

I'll try with an answer as well, trying to be Solomonic between @Tyler Durden and @fdb. TL;DR: Yes, it's a coincidence. As @Peter Diehr lists from Behind the Name entry for Diokles the meaning is ...
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