By Stephen V. Tracy
There has been a lot debate in regards to the dates of fifth century B.C. Athenian inscriptions and the palms of the inscribers. This booklet brings order to the learn of fingers of fifth century B.C. Athens via starting up a strategy, by way of discussing severely the makes an attempt of others to spot palms, and by way of featuring reviews of eleven inscribers. It narrows the dates of many texts and hence allows a better appreciation of the historical past to which they endure witness.
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IG I3 313 72–82 Nevertheless, it is at the same time quite obvious, based on the lettering of the inscriptions discussed and illustrated in the chapters above, that from the beginning the writing on Attic inscriptions varies in shape a great deal from inscription to inscription. The inscribers in each instance wrote in their own style, so in fact this lettering is indeed handwriting, admittedly done with hammer and chisel, and thus, perhaps, lacking the fluidity of writing done in other media, but still lettering done by hand all the same.
These workmen and their habits of inscribing clearly reflect their times; whether they were exceptional, or to what degree they were exceptional, in being professional letterers of inscriptions remain questions to ponder. 20 On this, Threatte, GAI I 494. The Inscribers of the Lapis Primus and Lapis Secundus (IG I3 259–280) The Lapis Primus is the largest freestanding Athenian inscription ever created and is imposing even in its fragmentary reconstructed state in the Epigraphical Museum in Athens.
The three strokes of the sigma provide an excellent example. They differ in length from example to example with the top stroke being the longest and the lower two about the same length 6 See the bibliography in IG ad loc. See also the edition of S. Cataldi in G. , Studi sui rapporti interstatali nel mondo antico (Pisa 1981) 161–233. For photographs, ATL II pl. IV and Bradeen-McGregor pls. IV–VII. 7 On this whole matter with recent bibliography, Stroud, Empire 17 n. 10. Unique Examples of Writing of ca.