Greek Numerals


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Greek numerals are a bit more complicated than Roman. There are two distinct groups of Greek numerals, and both are given below.

First is the Acrophonic - this is type of Greek numerals that were used in ancient Greece up to Roman times (100 BC). It is called acrophonic because of the initial letter of the word designation - for example g (in Greek script as below) stood for five, and five was 'gente'; h stood for 100, and hundred was 'hekaton' and so on. This system is also sometimes called 'Attic' - it also stands for an offspring of Ionic dialect spoken in the city of Athens.

This was later replaced by the Alphabetic numerals - where 27 letters and their combinations stood for all numbers. The table is given below too. This system is also sometimes called Ionic. It was not positional, meaning that the place of the letter did not denote its value like we have it in our number system.


Acrophonic Greek Numerals


Alphabetic Greek Numerals



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