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Coptic (ⲘⲉⲧⲢⲉⲙ̀ⲛⲭⲏⲙⲓ)

The Coptic alphabet is 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 member of the Egyptian branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family and a descendant of the Ancient Egyptian language. Coptic was an official language in Egypt until around the 13th Century AD, when it was replaced by Arabic. Nowadays Coptic Christians all speak Arabic as their every day language, but use Coptic in their religious ceremonies.

Coptic alphabet

Coptic alphabet

Notes

Source: http://www.copticchurch.net/coptic_fonts/alphabet.html

Numerals

Coptic numerals

Sample texts

Coptic sample

Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

ⲥⲟⲩⲙⲟⲥⲉ ⲣⲱⲙⲉ ⲛⲓⲙ ⲉⲩϣⲏϣ ⲉ ⲛⲉⲩⲉⲣⲏⲩ ϩⲛ ⲟⲩⲇⲓⲕⲁⲓⲟⲥⲩⲛⲏ. ⲟⲩⲛ ϭⲟⲙ ⲙⲙⲟⲩ ⲉⲧⲣⲉⲩⲙⲉⲉⲩⲉ ⲁⲩⲱ ϣϣⲉ ⲉⲧⲣⲉⲩⲣ-ⲙⲛⲧⲙⲁⲓⲥⲟⲛ.

Translation

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

Translated by the Carmenta Coptic Tutor

Information about Coptic | Tower of Babel in Coptic

Links

Information about Coptic
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coptic_language
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coptic_alphabet
http://scriptorium.lib.duke.edu/papyrus/texts/coptic/introduction.html
http://www.touregypt.net/featurestories/copticchristians.htm
http://www.coptic.net/copticweb/

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

Coptic lessons

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Coptic fonts
http://www.copticchurch.net/coptic_fonts/
http://www.stshenouda.com/coptsoft.htm

Masters Degree in Coptic Studies at Macquarie University
http://www.coptic.org.au/modules/coptic_studies/

Coptic Churches
http://www.copticchurch.net
http://st-takla.org

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Egyptian languages

Ancient Egyptian, Coptic

Ancient Egyptian scripts

Hieroglyphs, Hieratic, Demotic, Coptic

Alphabets


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