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Epigraphical style
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Inscription style refers to the script of the oldest Greek literary  papyri and papyrus documents (c. 4th-3rd cents. BC); it is a  majuscule which imitates the style of contemporaneous inscriptions. Records are, for instance, the papyrus of the Persians by  Timotheus of Miletus [3], the papyrus from Derveni [1], the so-called lament of Artemisia [4], and few other papyri from Saccara and Hibeh [2]. The inscriptional character is revealed in the bilinear, rigid, uniform and heavy strokes: in the forms of Ε (in four stroke…

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Menci, Giovanna (Florence), “Epigraphical style”, 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 22 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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