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Was Greek ever written in this way at any time in antiquity?

Are there any extant ancient Greek inscriptions that exhibit all of the following features: scriptio continua (i.e., majuscules letters only, no spaces between words, no diacritics, no punctuation ...
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What are the ways in which Greek print might indicate diaeresis?

When two vowel letters that normally form a diphthong, such as αι, are meant to be pronounced as two syllables, how is this normally indicated in modern printing of Ancient Greek? Is a trema ever used,...
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What does quȩ mean, and what does an e with cedilla mean?

While translating a bit of Bellarmine's Controversies, a work from the end of the 16th century, I came across this sentence: "nam aliquando solemus vocare signa practica omnia illa, quȩ ...
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The correct use of the breve in Latin

Correct me if I'm wrong. There are 6 diphthongs in Latin: ae au ei eu oe ui So if one were to encounter ăĕ it would follow that both vowels would be short and do not together form diphthong which ...
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What are popular fonts for polytonic Greek?

There are quite a lot of fonts available for writing Latin, which have been designed for easy legibility and contain all the letters of the Latin alphabet. For the Greek alphabet, however, most modern ...
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Is it acceptable/regular to use diacritics (macron) in written texts?

I'm building the brand for a web development company, and I'm using Latin for the name and slogan. However, as I am not familiar with the language, I would like some help clarifying meanings to avoid ...
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Qua ratione in hoc libro Henrici Allen notæ diacriticæ ponuntur?

This wonderful book, Doctrina Copularum Linguæ Latinæ Sive De Vi Atque Usu Elegantiori Particularum AC, ATQUE, ET, -QUE Deque Earum Formulis, Commentarius by Henry Ellis Allen, A.B., published in 1830,...
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About scribal abbreviations and diacritics in digitalized book titles

In the Wiktionary entry about philematology, there is a reference to this book. The title is copied (AFAIK, but I can't load the picture in the previous link so…) as in the cover, that is: [Jacobus ...
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Use of circumflex in Latin: Is there a difference between "hora" and "horâ"?

For example, is there a semantic difference between the two following sentences? Lapis descendit ab A ad B unâ horâ. vs. Lapis descendit ab A ad B una hora. This site, e.g., says The ...
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Interpretation of circumflex in a poem from 1621

A poem from 1621 contains one ô and one â. The ô is the interjection ô and the â is in the relative pronoun quâ. No circumflexes are used elsewhere in the poem. Does the circumflex (or caret or ...
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What is the pronunciation of O with macron and breve?

I found an Indo-European root, nō̆-men-, in the free dictionary. I know both macron and breve mean the length of vowels. And the Latin word, nōmen, has a long ō. However, how should I pronounce the ...
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How do I know where to place macrons?

How do I use macrons? I understand what they do and how they do it, I just don't understand how you know when and where to place them.
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When were macrons first used to mark Latin text?

A macron is a diacritical mark, which, in modern Latin texts, is sometimes used to mark a long vowel: ā, ē, ī, ō, ū, ȳ. From Roman uses of diacritical marks, I understand that the ancient Romans did ...
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Roman uses of diacritical marks

In what circumstances did Romans use diacritical marks, like macrons, in their writing? In particular how common was it to use diacritics in naming letters?
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