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Hellenic region in Italy

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What was the name of the Hellenic region in Italy?  What dialect did they speak?

 

Magna Graecia, according to the wikipedia is Achean, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magna_Graecia.  But according to the Hellenic language tree,  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hellenic_languages, the Greeks who mixed with Romans were Ionians.  

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The Greek colonies in Southern Italy and Sicily came from various towns in Greece and probably spoke the dialects of their original home.  Most colonies were from Doric/Achean speaking regions:  Tarentum - Sparta, Syracuse - Corinth (Doric);  Poseidonia, Sybaris, Locri & Croton - Achaea (Achaean Doric).   Cumae - Euboea, Rhegium & Catania - Chalcis (Ionian).

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