The Alpha-Numeric Greek Alphabet
The Greeks were the first people to incorporate vowels into their alphabet. The Greek alphabet of today is identical to the one used since the eighth century BC by the Greek colony of Ionia in Asia Minor, now part of modern day Turkey. In the Ionic system, every one of the 24 letters in the Greek alphabet represents a sound and a number. This means every name and word in the Greek language has a corresponding numerical value. Words can be expressed as numbers and numbers can be expressed as words. This system immediately encouraged a numerical superstition called isopsephia.
In order to really understand how the 24 letter Greek alpha-numeric alphabet operates we need to compare it to our own decimal, base 10, place-value system which uses the following ten Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 0). In order to record a number in our system the order or place of each numeral determines its actual value. Each numeral takes on an increasingly greater "power of ten" depending on it's position. For example, the number Eight-Hundred-and-one is written 801 (8x100 + 0x10 + 1x1). Our zero based decimal system is totally efficient because any number can be pictured with just ten numerals.
Since the Greeks did not have a letter that stood for "0" they could not use a place-value system to record numbers. Each letter had two built in attributes, a root number and a corresponding power of ten. A horizontal line was drawn above a letter to let the reader know he was looking at a number. Letters were strung together and the reader mentally added up the total. By convention the highest valued letter was put first. The Greek number Eight-Hundred-and-one is written Omega Alpha (WA = 800 + 1 = 801) but with a superscript line above both letters.
The inefficient Greek system needed 27 different symbols to record numbers that ranged from "1" to "999" (greater numbers required more symbols, subscripts, and other cumbersome conventions). Since the Greek alphabet only contains 24 letters three more symbols were needed to stand for the missing numbers 6, 90, and 900. To solve this problem the Greeks used the archaic letters digamma, koppa, and sampi from previous alphabets.
Three Missing Numbers
The Sacred Geometry Mysteries
of Jesus Christ
All 8880 diagrams/illustrations, commentary, and Greek to English translations are
Copyright © 1998-2015 Daniel Gleason, all rights reserved