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date: 18 May 2024

Initials, Ornamental. 

Source:
The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium
Author(s):
Robert S. NelsonRobert S. Nelson

Compared with Latin scribes, Greek copyists, always more faithful to ancient traditions, were slower to enlarge and decorate initial letters. In the 6th C., small initials were filled with miscellaneous designs or outlined with dots. In contrast, the 9th-C. ... ...

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