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Classical Antiquity: Paleography

Section 5: Compare Square and Rustic Capitals

Click on the images to zoom in and explore up close, and also consider how a group of lines written in one of these scripts compares to a group of lines written in the other. What clues would you use to tell these scripts apart?

After you've had a chance to study these examples closely, click through to try a quick quiz to see if you can tell one script from the other.


Rustic Capitals

© Bibliotheca Apostolica Vaticana, Vat. lat. 3225, f. XIVr.

Square Capitals

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 1394, p. 12. (www.e‑codices.unifr.ch)