The Pontic dialect or Pontic Greek (in Greek: Ποντιακή διάλεκτος, or Ποντιακά, Ρωμαίικα) is a dialect of Modern Greek, as Wikipedia explains. Literary publishing in Pontic is now rare… but also remarkable since three Asterix albums have been translated into Pontic: Asterix and the Roman Agent, Asterix and the Secret Weapon, and Asterix at the Olympic Games. Pontic is thus one of the five Greek languages and dialects spoken by our indomitable Gauls.
For Asterix and friends, Greece is a country whose people can be easily recognized by their noses, an elongated version of the “big noses” that Goscinny and Uderzo’s Gaulish characters all sport… The famous “Greek profile” makes our dear friend Obelix laugh...
Even more surprising, all the Greeks seem to be cousins of Diabetes, the guide who shows our heroes through the streets of Athens. These Greeks are crazy!
To be perfectly honest, for our band of merry men who have joined the Gallo-Roman team taking part in the Olympic Games, Greece is first and foremost the country of great memories: Asterix’s great sporting victory, boisterous dancing by the doyen Geriatrix, and the gargantuan meals devoured by Obelix. While flying over Athens on his magic carpet in Asterix and the Magic Carpet, our favourite Gourmand waxes lyrical as he remembers these extraordinary feasts. As for René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo, they too make an appearance in Greece as caricatures on a sculpted mural in Asterix at the Olympic Games!
For nearly forty years, inhabitants of the Asterix Village and Greek readers have shared many happy memories: Asterix albums are very widely read in the Hellenic Republic - a newspaper bearing Asterix’s name was even created in the 1960s!
Today, Asterix is an institution in Greece, whose albums by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo are translated into 5 languages and dialects: Greek, Ancient Greek, Cretan Greek, Pontic Greek and Cypriot Greek. Asterix albums can thus be read by a large number of people directly descended from the athletes parading in the Asterix at the Olympic Games stadium: Thermopylae, the inhabitants of Samothrace, Milos, Kythira, Marathon and Macedonia as well as Spartans and a colossus from Rhodes (the famous Neuroses).
Discover the website of the publisher of Asterix albums in Greece.
You can see all the Asterix albums in Pontic Greek in our Asterix albums translation exchange
Asterix in Pontic Greek: the names of characters presented by Exlibris