Re: Ancient Greek (symbols versus letters and duplicate letters)

From: Jim Allan (
Date: Mon Apr 07 2003 - 17:32:03 EDT

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    Edward C.J. Hopkins wrote:

    > Since Koppa has the same modern meaning as the ancient character (letter
    > Koppa and 90), this runs contrary to my understanding of the Unicode
    > philosophy, as I understand it.

    A full discussion of modern Z-shaped koppa and archaic Q-shaped koppa
    appears at

    The logic is that the Z-shaped form has diverged to the point that it is
      no longer generally recognized by modern Greeks as a koppa, just a number.

    Q-shaped koppa would seem wrong for numeric use, Z-shapped koppa would
    seem wrong used to represent the ancient symbol in inscriptions, and
    accordingly the two forms do have different meanings in modern usage.

    Jim Allan

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