Greek is not a single language, but it had various dialects and evolved significantly over time. What form of Greek did the Romans who spoke classical Latin study? Was it contemporary for the purpose of interacting with Greeks or historical for the purpose of reading old literature? Did the Romans focus on a specific dialect or form (Attic, Homeric, Koine)?

Probably different Romans studied somewhat different things and anyone who studied Greek new a mixture of different forms. What I'm looking for is a big picture of what kind of Greek the Romans studied.

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    From the Hellenistic period onwards Attic was regarded as the sole classical and correct variety of Greek. – fdb Mar 20 '18 at 16:20
  • Marcus Aurelius wrote in Attic, so the presumption is they went for the highest prestige variety. – Cosmas Zachos Feb 27 at 21:58

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