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THE GREEK ALPHABET
THE ITALIG ALPHABETs
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abbreviations alpha ancient angularity artiﬁcial bastarda became Beneventan Bible book hand called Carolingian script century B.C. character characteristic chieﬂy Cicero’s classical Coluccio Salutati connecting stroke consonant copy cursive script derived developed difﬁcult dots earlier earliest early Egyptian eighth century eleventh century England English especially Etruscan Etruscan alphabet examples ﬁeld ﬁfteenth century ﬁgure ﬁnd ﬁrst ﬁrst book ﬁrst letter ﬂourishes formal script fourteenth century fourth century France German Gothic script Greek alphabet half-uncial humanistic script inﬂuence inscriptions Insular invention Italian italic Italy language later Latin alphabet ligatures loop majuscule manuscripts mediaeval ment Middle Ages minuscule modern movable type ninth century nomina sacra numerals origin paleography papyrus parchment period Petrarch phabet Plate printers printing Renaissance Rome rotunda round rustic capitals scribes Semitic sometimes sound style tenth thirteenth century Tibullus tion Tironian notes tury twelfth century uncial vowel word writ written