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

From: Raymond Mercier (
Date: Mon Apr 14 2003 - 12:27:34 EDT

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    Regarding the versions of Koppa, at least when it means '90', I would just
    like to add that in Uncial Byzantine MSS ca 8th/9th cent., for example,
    the koppa looks just like the "cofe" on p.7 of These MSS contain
    astronomical tables (Ptolemy's Handy Tables) where the character is of
    course very frequent. In these koppa is indeed the same as the Cyrillic
    U+0427 & U+0447, but not much like U+3DE, or the Cyrillic 'koppa' U+480.
    One wonders what is best for an edition, especially since all the other the
    uncial letters will be represented as lower case.

    Raymond Mercier

    At 12:15 08/04/2003 +0200, you wrote:
    >Michael Everson wrote (in,
    >page 7):
    > "The Missing Link [...] An example of this can be seen in Derolez's
    >1954 [...] a transitional KOPPA (called COFE here) for 90 (LXXXX), and SAMPI
    >(called ENNACOSE here) for 900 (DCCCC). Note that ?? GOTHIC LETTER NINETY
    >[...] [is] based on the same graphemic model [...]"
    >Another example of this "transitional" koppa glyph is Cyrillic letter "?"
    >("che", U+0427 & U+0447).
    >Not surprisingly, the numeric value of "?" is 90, which shows that its
    >original position in the alphabet must have been between "?" ("pe", numeric
    >value = 80) and "?" ("er", numeric value = 100).
    >_ Marco

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