From: Alistair Vining (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat Jun 07 2003 - 07:17:45 EDT
Asmus Freytag wrote:
> I keep coming across a letterlike symbol based on the letter p. In going
> through my collections, I found it listed in a table of symbols in an
> excerpt from the US Government Printing office style manual from 1984.
> Can anyone shed further light on this character? I assume this is a lower
> case form, does anyone care to confirm that?
There's a list of "the ordinary fount of 275 characters" which has "Commercial Signs"
in a row:
@ [per] lb / £ $ % + - × ÷ =
in the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language, p. 190, taken from a 1916 book. There
it's definitely upper case, in the sense that it extends from the top of the l and b
to below the baseline.
> I recently found anther symbol based on the letter p, this time,
> definitely a lower case letter. It's used with subscripted digits to
> denote papyri in at least one numbering scheme.
> Can anyone shed more light on this second symbol? Are there other sources
> that use just that form? Are there sources that seem to number papyri with
> the same notation (p plus digits) but use typographically different styles?
See http://www.sil.org/computing/fonts/silgreek/SILApparatusFonts.html . Biblical
textual critics have run out of letters after A-Z.
-- Alistair Vining
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