Alternative name : scriptura monumentalis
Script Type : majuscule
Date : Early Roman (1st century AD) in origin, used until around 6th century, revived in Carolingian era (9th century)
Location : Roman Empire
|This example shows a carved inscription located in the municipal museum in Dijon, France.|
|Pass cursor over letters to see enlarged examples taken from the photograph above.|
Distinctive letters : M, N and A are all made of straight lines. U and V are identical, both angular. I and J are also identical, although there is no example of J here. There is also no K, Q, X, Y or Z in this example.
There are many abbreviations, which are indicated by dots between the words. Complete words run together continuously and gurgle over the ends of the lines.
The letters are easy for us to read as they are familiar forms from typefaces. The computer font used for the letter examples, Book Antiqua, is essentially the same in form apart from the rounded U. The inscription above is a little untidy as it has some small interpolated letters and some conjoined letters. Run the cursor slowly along the lines of text to find them and to pick up a few words which have been selected at random.
As we are not into epigraphy here, and this is just included for historic interest, there is no paleography exercise for this example.
|What is Paleography?|
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