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Tachygraphy
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[German version]

I. Definition

Tachygraphy is the conventional term for the ancient technique of speed writing, which replaced letters, syllables, words or short sentences by symbols, and was practiced by sēmeiográphoi and tachygráphoi (Lat. notarii and exceptores) [1.30-31]. The existence of mutual Greco-Roman influences may be assumed, although the priority of either contemporaneous system is difficult to ascertain. The chronological priority of the Greek system might be attested by a letter of Cicero from 45 BC…

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Giovè Marchioli, Nicoletta (Triest) and Menci, Giovanna (Florence), “Tachygraphy”, 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 26 June 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1128300>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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