Classical Latin Alphabet
It was not until the Middle Ages that the letter "W" (originally a ligature of
two (Vs) was added to the Latin alphabet, to represent sounds from the Germanic
languages which did not exist in medieval Latin, and only after the Renaissance
did the convention of treating "I" and "U" as vowels, and "J" and "V" as
consonants, become established. Prior to that, the former had been merely
allographs of the latter.
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