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.
Free Coptic fonts
The Coptic Studies Corner
About the Copts and the Coptic language