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Greek Alphabet Helper Print E-mail
When attributing Roman provincial coinage, knowledge of the Greek alphabet is important. This document is designed to give the novice a simple overview of the characters used in the ancient Greek alphabet. 

 The Greek alphabet 

Greek Alphabet

 

CAP / lower

Name & Description

alpha

ALPHA (AL-fuh

beta

BETA (BAY-tuh)

gamma

GAMMA (GAM-uh)

delta

DELTA (DEL-tuh)

epsilon

EPSILON (EP-sil-on)

zeta

ZETA (ZAY-tuh)

eta

ETA (AY-tuh)

theta

THETA (THAY-tuh)

iota

IOTA (eye-OH-tuh)

kappa

KAPPA (KAP-uh)

lambda

LAMBDA (LAM-duh)

mu

MU (MYOO)

nu

NU (NOO)

xi

XI (KS-EYE)

omicron

OMICRON (OM-i-KRON)

pi

PI (PIE)

rho

RHO (ROW)

sigma

SIGMA (SIG-muh) Note: sometimes shown as a Latinized C on Roman Provincial coins

tau

TAU (TAU)

upsilon

UPSILON (OOP-si-LON)

phi

PHI (FEE) The two versions of lower-case Phi are used interchangeably.

chi

CHI (K-EYE)

psi

PSI (SIGH)

omega

OMEGA (oh-MAY-guh) Last letter of the Greek alphabet.