Younger Roman italics

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older (above) and younger (below) Roman italics in comparison

The younger Roman cursive or minuscule cursive is the first minuscule font of the Latin script development.

It developed from the older Roman italic and was used from the late 4th century until the early Middle Ages.

It is an italic font (also business font). The letters are mostly connected to each other, so you could write them very quickly and therefore used them for everyday business or official purposes, ie for letters, files, documents or notes. It was written with a stylus on wax tablets or with ink on papyrus or (more rarely) parchment.

A novelty compared to older fonts is that the letters are not all the same height, but some of them have ascenders or descenders. This is the first time the principle of minuscule writing has been developed. The younger Roman cursive is therefore the root of all later lowercase scripts.


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