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Re: Ancient number-encoding formats...
More obscure Greek number-encoding formats mentioned here:-
What I find most interesting is that (in the main system, at least), they
used three extra characters: stigma (or digamma), koppa, and sampi.
I find stigma interesting - it looks like a kind of ligatured sigma and tau
- because of its resemblance both to the "Tironian et" and to the "looped
This came up via the history of tachygraphy, which I was pursuing because
of the VMS' alphabet's quill-friendly nature. Of course, the Holy Roman
Empire decreed that shorthand was "necromantic and diabolical" - but they
would, wouldn't they? :-)
Cheers, .....Nick Pelling......
PS: The Porphyrogenitus Project (at the Hellenic Institute here in Surrey)
has, over the last 9 years, been compiling a database of Greek shorthand
abbreviations (currently 4500 of them) - basically, a Greek Capelli. I'm
hoping to get a look at this to see if any of the cipher alphabets I've
seen (including the VMS) appropriated Greek shorthand symbols... will post
here if/when I do.