The Classical Quarterly

Research Article

The Digamma, Koppa, and Sampi as Numerals in Greek

A. N. Jannarisa1

a1 Canea, Crete.

It is universally held and in all classical Greek Grammars taught that in their numeral system, the ancient Greeks denoted the figure for 6 by the digamma or vau, that for 90 by the koppa, and that for 900 by the sampi or sanpi. On a closer examination, however, this doctrine proves erroneous and requires correction.