It is interesting to note that the Greeks were the first Europeans to write an alphabet. Previous writing systems had been either syllabic or pictographic. It developed from the Phoenician alphabet.
The first nine letters from alpha to theta were used for the numbers 1 to 9. The next nine letters from iota to koppa were used for multiples of 10 from 10 to Finally, the next nine letters from rho to sampi were used for to For example, the numbers 1, 2, and 3 are alpha, beta, and gamma.
Wait a minute you say! That's 27 letters, not Plus, some of those letters I don't recognize from your list above. Well, they also added three letters for numbers. They were digamma for the number 6, koppa for the number 90, and sampi for the number They are usually used for constants, variables, and functions.
The original Greek alphabet didn't have upper case and lower case letters.
These were developed later. Many Greek letters are used in the International Phonetic Alphabet.
Today Greek is the official language of the country of Greece and one of the official languages of Cyprus. The Greek alphabet gave rise to other alphabets including Latin, Gothic, and Cyrillic.
Many Greek letters are the same as Latin letters, but some of them sound different. Activities Take a ten question quiz about this page.
Listen to a recorded reading of this page: Your browser does not support the audio element. For more about Ancient Greece:Writing came early to the Minoan Culture, spread to the Mycenaean culture and then disappeared. A new alphabet came from Phoenecia and became the Greek alphabet.
Greek letters were also used for writing Greek numerals. The first nine letters (from alpha to theta) were used for the numbers 1 to 9.
The next nine letters (from iota to . Ancient Greek is a language. Linear B is a writing system that was used to write an early stage of Ancient Greek, called Mycenean Greek. Classical ancient Greek developed out of various dialects of Greek that were in use in the time of Mycenean Greek.
The Greek alphabet evolved sometime in the period after the collapse of the Mycenaean civilization in B.C. and prior to the rise of Ancient Greece in B.C.
Greek inscriptions from B.C. are similar to Phoenician letter forms of B.C. Nov 15, · Greek alphabet, writing system that was developed in Greece about bce.
It is the direct or indirect ancestor of all modern European alphabets. It is the direct or indirect ancestor of all modern European alphabets. Mycenaean Greek is the most ancient attested form of the Greek language, on the Greek mainland, Crete and Cyprus in Mycenaean Greece (16th to 12th centuries BC), before the hypothesised Dorian invasion, often cited as the terminus post quem for the coming of the Greek language to Greece.