The Greek alphabet is over 2500 years
old! Even though it is very old, it still works. People living in
Greece today use this alphabet to make words, just as we use our
alphabet to make words.
Many people think the idea of an
alphabet is an ancient Greek invention, but the Greeks borrowed their
alphabet from another culture, the Phoenicians.
The Greeks traded with the
Phoenicians. When they saw the Phoenicians writing things down,
they thought that was very clever. The Greeks could easily see
the usefulness of a written language.
They changed the Phoenician alphabet a
bit to suit themselves. For one thing, they added vowels. The Greek
alphabet was the first alphabet to include vowels.
Once they had a written language,
the ancient Greeks began to write down all their fables
and myths and
legends. They wrote letters to each other that shared their
daily life. They wrote business contracts. They kept reports of
meetings. They wrote huge epics and wonderful stories and plays. Scientists
today have learned a great deal about the ancient Greeks from this
legacy of writings.
One of the many gifts we received
from ancient Greece was our alphabet with vowels. The word
"alphabet" is a made-up word that combines the first two
letters of the Greek alphabet - alpha and beta - alphabet.
Like the ancient Greeks before us,
we made some changes. We changed the look of the letters. We
changed the way we said the letters out loud. Over time, we even
changed the order of the letters. In our English alphabet, the
first three letters are ABC. In the Greek alphabet, the first
three letters are ABG!
This is the Greek alphabet:
the Letters of the Greek Alphabet
you write your name in Greek?
Alphabet matching game
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of alphabets (animated)