How do you pronounce the name "Xenocrates" Hi. Question. How do you pronounce the name "Xenocrates" ? 2) I was reading about the first combinatorial problem which was formulated by Xenocrates. It asks how many syllables can be made from the letters of the alphabet. And the solution was 1,002,000,000,000. (Source from the Mactutor history of mathematics website). I was wondering what method was used to solve such a complicated permutation? Its not like they had calculators so I wonder is it all that complicated? Also there is no mention of what alphabet was used. I'd like to know more.