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Basics: Latin Paleography

Review Terms for Script Classes and Letter Parts

Exercise 1: Terms for parts of letters

A stroke that hangs down below the baseline is called

  1. an ascender
  2. a descender
  3. a minim

b. a descender


Exercise 2: Majuscule or minuscule?

Which one of these is a minuscule script?

 a. Latin parchment manuscript page from Saint Gallen, 116
St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 116, p. 3. (www.e‑codices.unifr.ch)
 b. manuscript page from Walters, 7
Walters Art Museum, W.7, f. 10r. © 2011 Walters Art Museum, used under a CC BY-SA license.
 c. Latin parchment manuscript page from Saint Gallen, 1394
St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 1394, p. 12. (www.e‑codices.unifr.ch)

b. Walters W.7, f. 10r. is minuscule script.