The Greek Alphabet

The Greek Alphabet

The Greek letters were 24, and the required number, 27, was made up by using the final "V" or V (called Stigma) for 6, and adding two arbitrary symbols called respectively Koppa, for 90, and Sampsi, for 900.

Alpha a =1 Iota i = 10 Rho r = 100
Beta b = 2 Kappa k = 20 Sigma s = 200
Gamma g = 3 Lambda l = 30 Tau t = 300
Delta d = 4 Mu m = 40 Upsilon u = 400
Epsilon e = 5 Nu n = 50 Phi f = 500
Stigma V* = 6 Xi x =60 Chi c = 600
Zeta z = 7 Omicron o = 70 Psi y = 700
Eta h = 8 Pi p = 80 Omega w = 800
Theta q = 9 Koppa = 90 Sampsi = 900

* This letter V (called Stigma) is used for the number 6. Why this letter and number should be thus associated we cannot tell, except that both are intimately connected with the ancient Egyptian "mysteries." The three letters SSS (in Greek SSS) were the symbol of Isis, which is thus connected with 666. Indeed the expression of this number, CxV, consists of the initial and final letters of the word XristoV (Christos), Christ, viz., X and V, with the symbol of the serpent between them, X —x—V.

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