Pontic Greeks

Pontic Greeks

About Pontic Greeks

The Pontic Greeks of the Pontians (Greek: Pontioi, Turkish: Pontus Rumlari) are an ethnic group traditionally living in the Pontus region, the shores of Turkey's Black Sea. They consist of Greek descendants and speak the Pontic Greek 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. 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" (Rwssopontioi) by fellow Greeks.

Contributions by Ioannes Tzimiskes, Behemoth, and Denizz.