Pontic Greeks

Pontic Greeks

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The Pontian Greeks (also called Pontic Greeks, Pontians or Greeks of Pontus; or , ) are an ethnographic group of Greeks traditionally living in the Pontus region, the shores of the Black Sea. They consist of descendants of the Byzantines and speak the Pontic dialect, a distinct form of the standard Greek language which, due to the remoteness of Pontus, has had a process of linguistic evolution different from that of the rest of the Greek world.

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Nowadays, due to extensive intermarriage (also with non-Pontic Greeks), the exact number of Greeks hailing from the Pontus, or people with Greek descent living there, is unknown. After 1988, Pontian Greeks in the Soviet Union started to migrate to Greece settling in and around Athens and Thessaloniki. They are known as "Russian Pontians" (Ρωσσοπόντιοι) by fellow Greeks. The largest communities of Pontian Greeks (or people of Pontian Greek descent) around the world are (according to Pontian Diaspora 2000):



Some of these figures may be based on estimates.

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In Greek mythology the Black Sea region is the region...
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