The latter eventually descended into India, as the Kushans 1st century AD.
Sun Apr 17, The fonts we use today in the West are not demotic, but Byzantine. Though you've taken my point that they're not Classical models. Early Greek text editions Aldi's, say matched early Latin printing in following quite closely scribal practice of the day, especially in the use of ligatures and abbreviations, but also in alternate letter forms at different places in a word.
Well, not quite right - the full Byzantine model was adopted just at the point when Latin printing had moved to clear models - you mention the Aldine press, and that's the prime example.
Full simplification didn't occur place until the end of the eighteenth and start of the ninteenth centuries, just about the time that Greek national awareness was developing not knowing the history of printing in Greece, I've no idea whether there was any Greek input into the simplification of type - does anyone know?
But I think that there was publishing throughought the eighteenth century in Greek in Greece, despite the Ottoman ban on printing by Muslims. As for "us classicists" following contemporary practice, I'm not sure how likely that is given how few houses actually print Greek. That is truer in the Anglo-Saxon world than elsewhere in Europe where the classical tradition hasn't been - as it has in Britian, at least - almost wiped out, at least in pre-Tertiary education.
It certainly isn't true in Italy, where you can buy Greek classics - admittedly with facing-page translations - in almost any bookshop. The font contributes to each house's "look and feel" and I don't imagine, say, Oxford, going to switch just to keep up. People expect OCTs to look a particular way.
No, I don't imagine so either. Indeed, the houses seem to positively relish going their own way - I'm thinking of texts published with lunate sigma or am I mistaken? Is it used for publishing Modern Greek too? True, there may be no 'serious disconnect' right now, but I'm not sure it'll stay that way.
And to me it seems arrogant. But where harmonization seems to be taking place is in the workplace, and to me it seems sad that the founts most widely used - on a day-to-day basis because they're on every computer - seem to be those designed in the West, designed to harmonize with Arial and Times Roman Latin faces rather than because they're what Greeks actually want.
A prime example of Microsoftization. Ultimately, I'm arguing from ignorance here, though, to try and discover what others think on the issue. The answer seems to be that they don't think on the issue! Many thanks for your illuminating reply.Etymology.
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