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Ornamental style
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According to [1], Greek book-hands in which the lower and/or upper ends of letters are decorated (sometimes additionally) with horizontal or vertical strokes (English finials or serifs; French patins, empattements, apices; Italian apici ornamentali). These 'ornamental strokes' (= OS) can be traced back to influences from epigraphy, Lat. script or even the connecting strokes in Greek cursive writing; however, the typically Hellenistic tendency towards ornamentation may be an underlying factor. OS can be found in numerous different writing styles: initially, …

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Menci, Giovanna (Florence), “Ornamental 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 05 December 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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