Conventions | Transliteration of Devanagari | Transliteration of Classical Greek


Since the Greek alphabet is very similar to the Latin one, it is much easier to transliterate Classical Greek (using the Western ISO 8859-1 character standard) than it is to transliterate Devanagari. In fact, we only had to extend the Roman character set with two special characters: an representing the letter ETA, and an representing the letter OMEGA. Consistent with our transliteration method for Devanagari, the circumflex above each character indicates that the sound should be long.

Transliteration Example

The famous sentence from John 1:1 will be rendered as:

en arkhi n ho logos


Unicode name Transl. Pronounciation

Letter ALPHA a as in car
Letter BETA b as in boy
Letter GAMMA g as in god
Letter DELTA d as in mud
Letter EPSILON e as in edge
Letter ZETA z as in wisdom
Letter ETA as in fair
Letter THETA th as in author
Letter IOTA i as in pit
Letter KAPPA k as in cup
Letter LAMBDA l as in aisle
Letter MU m as in lamp
Letter NU n as in now
Letter XI x as in fox
Letter OMICRON o as in order
Letter PI p as in pet
Letter RHO r as in rain, with a trilled -r
Letter SIGMA s as in sick
Letter TAU t as in ten
Letter UPSILON u or y as in a French u
Letter PHI ph as in phone
Letter CHI kh as in backhand
Letter PSI ps as in tipsy
Letter OMEGA as in often

Other symbols:    
Sign ROUGH BREATHING h as in home

Table 1. Eyes of Scripture's Roman transliteration method of Classical Greek.


1. "In the beginning was the word."
2. Letters ALPHA, IOTA, and UPSILON can be either short or long. The table above only gives directions of how to produce the shorter sound. To produce the longer sound, just make it approximately twice as long as the short.
3. If letter UPSILON comes right after a vowel, we will transliterate it as u; otherwise, we will transliterate it as y.
4. This sign is not mentioned in Unicode's tables. See for more details.


- Groton, Anne H. (1995) From Alpha to Omega: A Beginning Course in Classical Greek. Newburyport, Mass.: Focus Information Group.

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