The Ligatures of Early Printed Greek

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  1. PeterR

    PeterR Puritan Board Freshman

    Readers and transcribers of books printed in the 16th to 18th centuries will have come across unfamiliar lettering in Greek words, lettering not covered by Wenham or whoever is the current favourite for learning New Testament Greek. A mild example can be seen at https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Page:An_Exposition_of_the_Old_and_New_Testament_(1828)_vol_1.djvu/156 half way down the right hand column - a clearer image being at https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=yale.39002005600375;view=1up;seq=176;size=400

    The word is αλληγορουμενα, but the ου has an unfamiliar form with the upsilon sat on top of the omikron.

    I discovered a chart of some of these variants
    in the last few pages of a paper by William H Ingram entitled "The Ligatures of Early Printed Greek". This can be found at its official source on the site of the journal "Greek, Roman and Byzantine Studies" (GRBS)
    http://grbs.library.duke.edu/article/view/11391/4169
     
  2. Guido's Brother

    Guido's Brother Puritan Board Junior

    Wow, that's really interesting -- and helpful. I remember reading Polanus' Syntagma and encountering some of those ligatures. It was baffling
     
  3. PeterR

    PeterR Puritan Board Freshman

    Surprising that it survived into the early 19th century in this case, though that may just have been because this was copied from an earlier edition.
     
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