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An interesting note from Herbert Weir Smyth's Greek Grammar:

“The various Greek communities referred to themselves (as modern Greeks do) by the name Hellenes ( `Ελληνες ) ; they called their country Hellas ( `η `Ελλας ) and their language the Hellenic language ( `η `Ελληνικη γλωσσα ).  We call them Greeks from the Latin Graeci, the name given them by the Romans, who applied to the entire people a name properly restricted to the Γραιοι, the first Hellenes of whom the Romans had knowledge.”


 
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