A graphic symbol, already attested in the earliest Greek papyri ( Papyrus) written in cursive (3rd cent. BC). It connects the last stroke of a letter with the first one of the following letter, sometimes combining the two, even changing the shape of the letters. Its usage is exclusively limited to cursive writing (rarely with semi-cursives), in which several letters combined by ligature can produce a single joined chain. The end of this chain is written exclusively as determined by graphic criteria and may not necessarily coincide with the end of syllables or words.
Cite this pageMenci, Giovanna (Florence), “Ligature”, 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 18 January 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e705280>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510
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