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Among them are several digraphs of vowel letters that formerly represented diphthongs but are now monophthongized. These signs were originally designed to mark different forms of the phonological pitch accent in Ancient Greek.By the time their use became conventional and obligatory in Greek writing, in late antiquity, pitch accent was evolving into a single stress accent, and thus the three signs have not corresponded to a phonological distinction in actual speech ever since.Greek was originally written predominantly from right to left, just like Phoenician, but scribes could freely alternate between directions.For a time, a writing style with alternating right-to-left and left-to-right lines (called boustrophedon, literally "ox-turning", after the manner of an ox ploughing a field) was common, until in the classical period the left-to-right writing direction became the norm.Apart from its use in writing the Greek language, in both its ancient and its modern forms, the Greek alphabet today also serves as a source of technical symbols and labels in many domains of mathematics, science and other fields.In its classical and modern forms, the alphabet has 24 letters, ordered from alpha to omega.The classical 24-letter alphabet that became the norm later was originally the local alphabet of Ionia; this was adopted by Athens in 403 BC under archon Eucleides and in most other parts of the Greek-speaking world during the 4th century BC.
There were initially numerous local variants of the Greek alphabet, which differed in the use and non-use of the additional vowel and consonant symbols and several other features.The form in which classical Greek names are conventionally rendered in English goes back to the way Greek loanwords were incorporated into Latin in antiquity. For Modern Greek, there are multiple different transcription conventions.They differ widely, depending on their purpose, on how close they stay to the conventional letter correspondences of Ancient Greek-based transcription systems, and to what degree they attempt either an exact letter-by-letter transliteration or rather a phonetically based transcription.Standardized formal transcription systems have been defined by the International Organization for Standardization (as ISO 843), During the Mycenaean period, from around the 16th century to the 12th century BC, Linear B was used to write the earliest attested form of the Greek language, known as Mycenaean Greek.This writing system, unrelated to the Greek alphabet, last appeared in the 13th century BC.
It uses only a single accent mark, the acute (also known in this context as tonos, i.e.