This article is about the alphabet used to write the Latin language. For modern alphabets derived latin alphabet wiki it used in other languages and applications, see Latin script and Latin-script alphabet.
This article contains IPA phonetic symbols. Without proper rendering support, you may see question marks, boxes, or other symbols instead of Unicode characters. For an introductory guide on IPA symbols, see Help:IPA. Without proper rendering support, you may see question marks, boxes, or other symbols. The Latin alphabet or the Roman alphabet is a writing system originally used by the ancient Romans to write the Latin language. Latin script, which is the basic set of letters common to the various alphabets descended from the classical Latin alphabet, such as the English alphabet.
The Duenos Inscription, dated to the 6th century BC, shows the earliest known forms of the Old Latin alphabet. Etruscan, which might have lacked any voiced plosives. The apices in this first-century inscription are very light. The vowel I is written taller rather than taking an apex. The interpuncts are comma-shaped, an elaboration of a more typical triangular shape.