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Scriptio continua

The practice of the late Latin scripts often involved writing without any breaks between the words or sentences. This writing mode is known with the definition of scriptio continua, which means ‘continuous writing’. In the previous example, which is in uncial script, we can see et nunc praeceptum hoc in the first two rows, with no […]

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The Alphabet and the Characters in the Early Middle Ages

In order to appreciate the shift from handwriting to printing, you need to carefully examine how the manuscript characters developed and were used. The learning and use of the characters were a formal process requiring a lot of training and discipline in order to produce a writing in a specific style. The western European languages […]

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The Germans: Latin influences

The first and most ancient contacts between Latins and Germans date back roughly to the period from the first to the fourth century. a. C., that is, during the time of Caesar and Augustus. They began at first as a result of trade contacts between the two peoples and then spread to many aspects of civilization. […]

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L’alfabeto e i caratteri del primo Medioevo

Per poter apprezzare le modalità del passaggio dalla scrittura manuale alla stampa, occorre esaminare attentamente come si svilupparono e utilizzarono i caratteri dei manoscritti. L’apprendimento e l’uso dei caratteri costituiva un processo formale che necessitava molto addestramento e disciplina per poter produrre una scrittura in uno stile specifico. Le lingue europee occidentali derivano il loro […]

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Scriptio continua

La pratica tarda della grafia latina comportava spesso la scrittura senza interruzioni tra le parole o le frasi. Tale modalità di scrittura è nota con la definizione di scriptio continua, che significa appunto ‘scrittura continua’. Nell’esempio precedente, che è in scrittura onciale, si riconosce et nunc praeceptum hoc nelle prime due righe, senza spazi tra […]

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The efficient investment of time by the freelance translator – Practical rules to schedule your work-day and activities

As a freelance translator, are you ‘free’ to work at your own discretion and with no rules? Of course no. The wrong and widespread assumption according to which freelancers enjoy more freedom of movement if compared to employees is definitely a misunderstanding. Working as a freelancer implies a strong sense of responsibility and requires a strict […]

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Open-source Software, Free Software and Creative Commons Licences

Sometimes, people suffer from prejudices towards things new. Despite information about open-source being more and more widespread, the knowledge about this topic is still somehow confused. Many people confuse open-source software with ‘pirate’ software, on the false assumption that, because it is free or no payment is required to acquire a licence, that it is […]

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