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The Armenian Alphabet and Mendeleev’s Periodic Table

Updated: Dec 7, 2019

The Armenian Alphabet: a True Masterpiece

During my travels I have been asked many times to write the travelers’ name in Armenian Alphabet. And every time I heard: “Oh my God, that’s beautiful, that’s like a painting not letters”.

The Armenian Alphabet

The Armenian alphabet was developed in 405 AD by Mesrop Mashtots, an Armenian linguist and ecclesiastical leader. The system originally had 36 letters; eventually, three more were adopted, so now it consists of 39 letters. The main reason for creating own written language was the Bible, to make it available for local people.


Not surprisingly Armenian language is considered one of the world’s ancient languages. And though being a part of Indo-European languages, Armenian Alphabet doesn’t have any close relations to any other languages, not in this particular group or any other.


In ancient calculations, Armenians were using letters instead of numbers, as each letter had a corresponding number.

Armenian Alphabet with the Corresponding Numbers

Mendeleev’s Periodic Table

The periodic table, also known as the periodic table of elements, has been created 1464 years after the creation of the Armenian Alphabet.


Mendeleev's Periodic Table of Elements

The periodic table, is a tabular display of the chemical elements, which are arranged by atomic number, electron configuration, and recurring chemical properties. The structure of the table shows periodic trends. The seven rows of the table, called periods, generally have metals on the left and non-metals on the right. The columns, called groups, contain elements with similar chemical behaviours. (www.wikipedia.org)


The connection

There are some theories that there is a Mysterious connection between the Armenian Alphabet and The Mendeleev’s table.


The names of the noble metals, which have been known since ancient times, are summarized in the Armenian alphabet. Those noble metals were: Gold, Copper, Silver, Iron, Tin, Lead, Mercury.


The number of the letters of the names of substances corresponds to the numbers of the substances in Mendeleev’s table. Thus, for instance, Ա -A is the st letter in the alphabet, Ս-S is the 29th and so on. Accordingly, if we take the ancient Armenian name of the substance and add up the numbers of the letter, we will find that substance in Mendeleev’s table.


For example, let’s take the word Ոսկի (Gold): Ո is the 24th letter of the alphabet, Ս is the 29th, Կ is the 15th, Ի is the 11th


Ո+Ս+Կ+Ի = 24 + 29 + 15 + 11 = 79


The same pattern works for the other metals too. See the table bellow. (source: www.chemistrypage.in)


Mendeleev's Table and the Armenian Alphabet

Some people think it's a mere coincidence, others believe it’s not!

Kristine Kirakosyan

Native Armenian, a World-Traveler


More I travel more I fall in love with my beautiful and ancient country. There is so much to discover about Armenia: this tiny country that hardly can be found in the map but that dates back to times of antiquity.

Being very passionate about my homeland; ancient Armenia, I with some friends of mine, all of them world travelers too, have decided to lunch AtmaVicara's first projects in Armenia, "the place on the earth that one can come across many miracles".


Who can best show you the country if not a locals? And also, who can best understand travelers' need if not the once who traveled a lot?


Feel free to reach us out for advises and tips when you decide to visit Armenia.

Also check our projects and join, if some of them resonates with your travel wishes.


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