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When looking at all this Latin again, I was wondering about punctuation. Did the Romans use punctuation at all? I remember seeing the use of interpunctio. Was this the early period? On other occasions, sentences were connected through et or followed each other without any punctuation at all. Which one is the most common and does Latin actually need punctuation?
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I was taught that until later times, the Romans wrote without punctuation or even spacing between words. I have seen in some documents they put dots like periods between each word to separate them. Of course all their letters were in capitals and there was no J or U, so there are many things that make it difficult for an untrained person to read an authentic Roman writing.
Last edited by benissimus on Thu Mar 11, 2004 3:44 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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