I'm wondering what is that ligature:

The closest on the Wikipedia's list of ligatures would be "qp" but it doesn't look exactly like that.

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I would say that is a common abbreviation for "-que". Maybe you could find useful Cappelli's Dizionario di Abbreviature latine (a very detailed repertory of latin abbreviations). Take a look here.

Here is the phrase with the soluted words:

silensq(ue) sisto tuumq(ue)

I would add that this is not a ligature but an abbreviation, while -st- of the word sisto could be properly defined as a ligature.

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    And since it's not a ligature, the relevant Wikipedia article is not Typographic ligature, but Scribal abbreviation, which includes this: "…the Arabic numeral 3-like mark ꝫ [was] generally at the end of a word on the baseline…. After q, [it] form[s] the conjunction -que…" Commented Feb 11, 2017 at 9:33

It must be que. The conjunction -que is very common in Latin, and it is no surprise it has it's own symbol. For example suumque is (almost) the same as et suum and means "and his own". The excerpt you have is a fragment, and the exact translation depends on more context.


q + U+0301 (combining acute accent) + U+A76B (et sign) using hlig on all three characters will give you:

q + U+0301 (combining acute accent) + U+A76B (et sign)

This combination will appear in Junicode Two (github.com/psb1558/Junicode-font).


For me this is the Unicode Private Use Area character U+E8BF LATIN SMALL LETTER Q LIGATED WITH FINAL ET defined by a Medieval Unicode Font Initiative recommendation, however the diacritical mark over the character is a mystery for me.

  • See the answers above – this is a common scribal abbreviation for -que.
    – gmvh
    Commented Oct 16, 2020 at 10:52
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    @gmvh The original poster haven't explicitely asked for the meaning of it, he explictely asked what kind of ligature it is. My answer doesn't contradict yours but supplement it. Commented Oct 16, 2020 at 11:23

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