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Severe style
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[1] Writing style

Name given by [6. 124] to a group of Greek majuscule book-hands (Majuscule); characteristics are stiff, angular strokes, caused by the ‘severe’ letter forms (with a predominance of straight rather than curved strokes), and the contrast between narrow (e. g. Ε, Θ, Ο, Σ) and broad letters (e. g. Α, Δ, Κ, Λ, Μ, Ν, Π, Τ). [5] used the term Bakchylideische Unziale (‘Bacchylidean uncials’), referring to the most famous example, the book roll of Bacchylides' epinicia (…

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Menci, Giovanna (Florence) and Willers, Dietrich (Berne), “Severe 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 24 November 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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