The Greek Alphabet

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The Greek Alphabet

  1. 1. The Greek Alphabet Presented By: Shelby Petik And Karina Vazquez
  2. 2. The Alphabet <ul><li>It is the first and oldest writing system </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Used since the 9 th to early 8 th century B.C. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Used for over the last 2,750 years </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Uses a separate symbol for consonants and vowels . </li></ul>
  3. 4. More ... <ul><li>The Greeks took ideas from the Phoenician/Canaanite. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The letters original had meanings in Canaanite. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>I.E.-Alpha meaning ox and Beta meaning house </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 6. ... <ul><li>At first, there were many different variations throughout Greece. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Three variations: Red, Blue, Green. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Red- developed into the Etruscan alphabet and later into ancient Italian and Latin </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Blue- developed into the modern Greek alphabet </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 7. Where is it seen? <ul><li>Greek alphabet has helped form other alphabets in other nations. </li></ul><ul><li>It is used in mathematics and science as symbols. </li></ul><ul><li>Also names stars, tropical cyclones </li></ul><ul><li>Fraternities and Sororities </li></ul>
  6. 9. Tidbits ... <ul><li>Around 500 B.C. the direction of writing changed from right to left to right to left. </li></ul><ul><li>The letter sigma has a special form for when it appears at the end of a word. </li></ul><ul><li>In the past the Greek alphabet was also used to write: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Urum, Arabic, Hebrew, Albanian, Turkish, and many others. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 10. The End <ul><li>Thank you everyone for watching </li></ul><ul><li>and </li></ul><ul><li>especially to </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.omniglot.com/writing/greek.htm </li></ul>

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