Specific information

  • Ikariam uses "s20" in its URL as the server designation for this world, no matter which community / language version you use.
    • Ikariam:
      • Used the Greek Alphabet  wp as names for the first twenty-four (1 – 24) worlds.
      • Used Greek Immortal deities wp as names for the next twenty (20) worlds;  twenty-five through the forty-four (25 – 44).
      • Is currently using Greek Mortals wp and Mythological Creatures wp as names for the next group of worlds;  forty-five and above (45 – 47).
  • Ikariam uses a few specialty servers for the following reasons:
    • "Speed servers" (Closed) (not used often / reset after each session) - Special servers for when they need to test changes that occur at higher levels of the game and it would take too long at normal speed to reach them.  These servers run at four times (4x) the normal speed when they are used.
    • "Test servers {[ 1  /  2  (Closed) /  3  (Internal use #1) /  4  (Internal use #2) /  5  (Internal use #3) /  6  (Internal use #4)]}," - Special servers for testing the beta wp patches before they go out to the live servers.
    • "War servers [ 1  (Closed - Rounds #1 – #7) (reset after each round - 1 per language group) /  2  (Permanent Round #8 - Open in most communities until 2028)]" - Special servers that run at three times (3x) the normal speed, allows Pillaging of gold and have a different set of rules when compared to normal game servers.

Statistical information

  • The Ypsilon world makes up:
  • Ypsilon is active in 7 communities.
    • These communities / servers represent:
      • 21.875 % of the 32 grand-total number of communities.
      • 3.1674 % of the 221 total Greek alphabet servers.
      • 1.7677 % of the 396 player accessible servers, excluding the specialty (Speed, Test and War) servers.
      • 1.6317 % of the 429 total player accessible servers.
      • 1.6166 % of the 433 grand total number of all of the world servers.
    • Each individual community that has the Ypsilon server is 14.2857 % of the group of 7 .

Special Attributes

Upsilon Ypsilon (s20) is a Special Server in the Ar AR community.
  • Ikariam Ikariam has rendered the letter "Ypsilon" instead of "Upsilon", because it is the common transliteration in German and many other languages, and more accurately reflects the pronunciation of the letter's name in classical times. The use of the y (upsilon) does not indicate that the letter's name is pronounced like the English word "my" [mai], but rather contains the sound of the French vowel u (as in "tu") or the sound of the German u with an umlaut (ü).

General information

Upsilon (uppercase Υ, lowercase υ; symbol variant: ϒ, Greek: Ύψιλον) is the 20th letter of the modern Greek alphabet. In the system of Greek numerals it has a value of 400. It is derived from the Phoenician waw.

In early Greek it was pronounced like English oo, IPA: [u] . In Classical Greek, it was pronounced like French u or German ü, IPA: [y] — a sound that is not found in most dialects of English. In Modern Greek it is pronounced like continental i or English ee, IPA: [i], and in diphthongs, [f] or [v]. In ancient Greek it occurred in both long and short versions, but this distinction has been lost in Modern Greek.

As an initial letter in Classical Greek it always carried the rough breathing (equivalent to h) as reflected in the many Greek-derived English words, such as those that begin with hyper- and hypo-. This rough breathing was derived from an older pronunciation which used a sibilant instead; this sibilant was not lost in Latin, giving rise to such cognates as super- (for hyper-) and sub- (for hypo-).

Upsilon participated as the second element in falling diphthongs, which have subsequently developed in various ways: for instance after alpha or epsilon it is pronounced [f] or [v].

The Roman Emperor Claudius proposed introducing a new letter into the Latin alphabet to approximate the sound of upsilon, but in due course the letter Y was adopted instead.

The name of the letter was originally just υ. It changed to υ ψιλόν, (u psilon, meaning 'simple u') to distinguish it from οι, which had come to have the same [y] pronunciation. The name of the letter in modern Greek is pronounced /iː'psɪlɒn/ (in contrast to the letter Ε, which is pronounced /ɛ'psɪlɒn/). It is also rarely called "ypsilon" (/ɪ'psɪlɒn/) in English because of its resemblance to the Roman letter Y.

Four letters of the Latin alphabet arose from it: V and Y and, much later, U and W. In the Cyrillic alphabet, the letters U (у) and Izhitsa (ѵ) arose from it.

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