Greek Alphabet

Greek Alphabet

Scholars are not quite sure when the Greeks first came into contact with the Phoenician alphabet; however it seems to have been about 1000 BC. They changed the alphabet some, both the look of the symbols as well as adding some symbols of their own. For example their alphabet had an F character, unlike the Phoenicians, although it originally stood for the "w" sound. Because different languages use different sounds, the need to create new letters was common as the alphabet was distributed.

The Greeks were the first to introduce vowels into the alphabet. While the Phoenicians did have the letter "aleph" which became "alpha," it originally represented a gutteral tone, rather than what we consider the letter "a." Within Greece there were many different alphabets, most of them had about 25 letters and were mostly similar, with some slight differences.

Greek Alphabet