16 Facts About Greek alphabet


Greek alphabet has been used to write the Greek language since the late 9th or early 8th century BCE.

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Apart from its use in writing the Greek language, in both its ancient and its modern forms, the Greek alphabet today serves as a source of technical symbols and labels in many domains of mathematics, science, and other fields.

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In both Ancient and Modern Greek, the letters of the Greek alphabet have fairly stable and consistent symbol-to-sound mappings, making pronunciation of words largely predictable.

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The form in which classical Greek alphabet names are conventionally rendered in English goes back to the way Greek alphabet loanwords were incorporated into Latin in antiquity.

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Greek alphabet initially took over all of the 22 letters of Phoenician.

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Greek alphabet was originally written predominantly from right to left, just like Phoenician, but scribes could freely alternate between directions.

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Classical twenty-four-letter alphabet that is used to represent the Greek language was originally the local alphabet of Ionia.

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In c 403 BC, at the suggestion of the archon Eucleides, the Athenian Assembly formally abandoned the Old Attic alphabet and adopted the Ionian alphabet as part of the democratic reforms after the overthrow of the Thirty Tyrants.

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Between Ancient and Modern Greek alphabet, they have remained largely unchanged, except that their pronunciation has followed regular sound changes along with other words.

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Apart from the daughter alphabets listed above, which were adapted from Greek but developed into separate writing systems, the Greek alphabet has been adopted at various times and in various places to write other languages.

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Greek alphabet symbols are used as symbols in mathematics, physics and other sciences.

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Formerly, the Greek alphabet letters were used for naming North Atlantic hurricanes if the normal list ran out.

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In May 2021 the World Health Organisations announced that the variants of SARS-CoV-2 of the virus would be named using letters of the Greek alphabet to avoid stigma and simplify communications for non-scientific audiences.

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Greek alphabet letters are used to denote the brighter stars within each of the eighty-eight constellations.

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Several Greek letters are used as phonetic symbols in the International Phonetic Alphabet.

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The Roman Greek alphabet has a similar extended form with such double-digit letters when necessary, but it is used for columns in a table or chart rather than chapters of an organization.

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