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Document hand
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I. Greek

The Greek  documents passed down on papyri ( Papyrus) and ostraka ( óstrakon ) are mostly written in cursive script ( Writing, styles of) or chancellery script. However, in the case of the earliest testimonials of the Greek script in Egypt (4th to the beginning of the 3rd cent. BC) when there was still no significant difference between an actual cursive script and the book hand in the  epigraphical style, the few documents passed down were written in book hands. In the following epoch people used cursive scri…

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Menci, Giovanna (Florence) and Eleuteri, Paolo (Venice), “Document hand”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 04 July 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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