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Coptic Alphabet

Origin
A variant of the Greek alphabet containing a number of extra letters for sounds not found in Greek. The extra letters come from the Demotic form of the Egyptian script. The Coptic alphabet came into being during the 3rd century BC after the Greek conquest of Egypt and the subsequent spread of Christianity.

The name 'Coptic' derives from the Greek word for Egyptian: 'Aigyptioi', which became 'Qibt' in Arabic and then was Latinised to become 'Copt'.

Used to write:
Coptic, a Semitic language which evolved from ancient Egyptian. Coptic was an official language in Egypt until around the 13th Century AD, when it was replaced by Arabic. Nowadays Copts all speak Arabic as their every day language, but use Coptic in their religious ceremonies.

Coptic Alphabet

Numerals

Coptic numerals

Sample

Coptic sample

Links
Free Coptic fonts
http://babel.uoregon.edu/yamada/fonts/coptic.html
ftp://rosetta.atla-certr.org/pub/fonts/mac
http://www.stshenouda.com/coptsoft.htm
http://www.ccer.ggl.ruu.nl/ccer/ftp.html

The Coptic Studies Corner
http://www.stshenouda.com/

About the Copts and the Coptic language
http://scriptorium.lib.duke.edu/papyrus/texts/coptic/introduction.html

Coptic lessons
http://www.stshenouda.com/coptlang/cptlsn1w.htm

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