Armenian alphabet

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The Armenian alphabet (Armenian: Հայոց գրեր) is a set of letters used to represent the written Armenian language (both East and West Armenian dialects). Invented in 405 by Mesrop Mashtots, aided by Isaac (Sahak) the Great, supreme head of the Armenian Church and the Greek Rufanos.

The Armenian alphabet is a writing system of 38 letters: 31 consonants and 7 vowels. The order of the letters had a religious meaning: the alphabet started with "Ա" A and ended with "Ք" Q. This referred to God (Աստուած) and Christ (Քրիստոս). Later on the letters "և" (j)ev, "օ" o and "ֆ" f where added[1]