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Writing, inclination of
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In the history of Greek and Latin palaeography attention has only lately focused on the inclination of writing. The first serious work on the subject and its definition was by J. Mallon [1]. His studies on the change in Latin writing in the 2nd cent. AD brought him to the assumption that the transition from majuscule to minuscule was due to an altered writing inclination (WI); he understood this to be the position of the writing implement relative to the intended line. According to Mallon, the alleged change of WI was brought about by …

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Eleuteri, Paolo (Venice), “Writing, inclination of”, 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 25 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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