Catiline Picks Up a Pen

This is a Netscape Navigator page of examples of ancient Greek writing. These examples are for those who are curious about what Greek letters looked like at certain periods in history. They are not useful for dating documents. For that, you need to consider the aspect of the entire document; letter shapes alone will not guide you. Letter sizes have been changed to enhance legibility. This page is experimental.


Formal Third Century BCE

The alphabet below is taken from P. Sorbonne Inv. 2272b. The formal hand comes from the modern Egyptian village of El Ghoran and dates to the 3rd Century BCE.


Formal Second Century BCE

The alphabet below is taken from Louvre j. d'e. 7172. The formal hand comes from Egypt and dates to the 2nd Century BCE.


Formal First Century BCE

The partial alphabet below is taken from P. Oxy. xxxiii 2654. The formal hand comes from the ancient Egyptian village of Oxyrhynchus and dates to the 1st Century BCE.


Formal First Century CE

The partial alphabet below is taken from P. Fouad 266. The formal hand comes from the modern Egyptian village of Fouad and dates to the 1st Century CE.


Formal Second Century CE

The partial alphabet below is taken from the Hawara Homer, Bodl. MS Gr Class a.I (P). The formal hand comes from the modern Egyptian village of Hawara and dates to the 2nd Century CE. It is one of the finest examples of Greek script from any period.


Formal Third Century CE

The partial alphabet below is taken from Cairo Mus. Inv. 47426. The formal hand comes from the ancient Egyptian village of Oxyrhynchus and dates to the 3rd Century CE.


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