Excerpt from A Latin Grammar for Schools, Vol. 1: Based on the Principles and Requirements of the Grammatical Society; Accidence, With an Appendix on the Pronunciation of Latin, Revised According to the Recommendations of the Classical Association
The Latin alphabet in Cicero... 's time contained only twenty-three letters, including Y and Z, which were called Greek letters and used only in spelling words borrowed from the Greek: it had no J, no V (as distinct from U), and no W. On the other hand, its I and its U had each two sounds, being used sometimes as vowels, sometimes as consonants.
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