How to Translate the Ancient Greek Alphabet to the English Alphabet

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How to Translate the Ancient Greek Alphabet to the English Alphabet
Discover the translation of the ancient Greek alphabet. (Alpha image by MIR from

The study of ancient Greece is interesting to people of different ages. Several aspects of Greek culture are important to western culture. Greek society laid the foundation for what became known as the features of western society. You can help children and teens become interested in language and culture by introducing the ancient Greek alphabet to them. A translation of the ancient Greek alphabet is not hard to find with some simple Internet research. Follow a few tips to find a just such a translation of the ancient Greek alphabet.

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    Do an Internet search for an ancient Greek alphabet translation. Several websites have the translation made in an easy-to-read chart. (See References.)

  2. 2

    Print out the chart that shows the translation and read it carefully. You can also make a copy of the chart on a large poster board to help you remember the translation.

  3. 3

    Discover the meaning of the ancient Greek alphabet. The alphabet in ancient Greek which corresponds to the English alphabet would be Alpha (a), Beta (b), Gamma (g), Delta (d), Epsilon (e), Sigma (s), Digamma (f), Zeta (z), Eta (h), Theta (th), Iota (i), Kappa (k), Lambda (l), Mu (m), Nu (n), Xi (x), Omicron (o), Pi (p), San (m), Koppa (k), Rho (r), Tau (t), Upsilon (u or y), Phi (ph), Chi (ch.), Psi (ps), Omega (o), and Sampi (ss) (see Reference 4).

  4. 4

    Check different places to make sure that you have found a reliable and valid source of information. Try going to the library and looking through books by Greek scholars. You can also look through peer review journals to learn how others have translated the ancient Greek alphabet.

  5. 5

    Contact local classical Greek scholars who might have advice about the translation. You can try e-mailing the Classical History department at a local university. In addition, see if someone in the Classical Languages department can help.

Tips and warnings

  • Check several places to find a translation. Compare the translations to see if they look the same.
  • Do not just rely on one website to find the translation, because someone may have made a mistake. In addition, try to find a website that ends in .edu.

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