Talk:Uncial script

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Latin and Greek scribes[edit]

Irish Scribes wrote in Gaelic also it should be Gaelic, Greek and Latin scribes. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:53, 4 June 2008 (UTC)



There's probably a very good reason for this link in the first paragraph, but as it stands, it is confusing, especially since "Byzantine" is a redirect to Byzantine Empire. Can someone please clarify the link and fix it to something more appropriate? -- Sam 12:44, 18 Dec 2003 (UTC)


" Uncial is a majuscule script "

It is obviouly not in every case. I translated this article into Swedish and changed things around a bit. According to one of my Swedish sources uncial is using a "universalalfabet", meaning an alphabet that makes no distinction between majuscle and miniscule characters. With my shortcomings in the English language I'm to shy to edit your article myself, but I do think someone should.
Med vänliga hälsningar / Mats Halldin 08:06, 12 September 2005 (UTC)

  • Uncial is a Majuscule script in it's purest form. There are a lot of variations that come from uncial that are still sometimes called Uncial. Insular Miniscule script is one of them also being called Insular half uncial miniscule. What a mouthfull!

Uncial is a calligraphical minuscule script forced into a majuscule format. Outi Merisalo —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:29, 22 January 2008 (UTC)


I argue with the article's depiction of Insular Majuscule being called Insular because it was used in the British Isles. Indeed it was used on the islands of Ireland. Developed there after St Patrick, most likely, brough Uncial to the Irish. It developed in Ireland on its own. Long before Great Brittain was great. It did eventually migrate over to the British Isle though.Dave 20:44, 9 February 2006 (UTC)

Isn't Ireland one of the British Isles? Adam Bishop 03:07, 13 February 2006 (UTC)

• I think Ireland is, indeed, one of the approximately hundred or so British Isles.
• Returning to the "mouthful majuscule issue", wouldn't it be correct to say that the original Roman script was purely majuscule but the later diverse forms of uncial where not in all cases? The term "insular half uncial" in itself seem to agree with this along with its softened-up version (d, h, q, p etc being minuscles) of the "classical majuscule script" uncial is generally regarded to be.
• Maybe the leading defintion just needs to be more clear about later versions of uncial being uncial 'in character' rather than in a literally sense. The monks at the time simply didn't make a distinction between majuscules and miniscules.
/ Mats Halldin 19:00, 25 February 2006 (UTC) (sorry again for any shortcomings in English)

I don't think Uncial script was used in Scots Gaelic, at least not since the invention of the printing press. Nennius 28/9/06


As the description correctly states the image shows an example of insular majuscule, but the description mistakes the filing of this script as a variant of uncial writing as the insular scripts base on halfuncial forms. I don't have a better image at hand, but recommend to replace it. GVogeler 17:33, 12 June 2007 (UTC)

Private use Unicode symbols[edit]

Under the 'Forms' section, there are two Unicode symbols use that do not display for me (Chrome 52, Win10, standard fonts), and on lookup they are

  • "⟨m⟩ is formed with curved strokes ⟨⟩" '(U+F218)'
  • "hasta does not connect with the top curve ⟨⟩" '(U+F225)'

Both symbols are from Unicode's "private use" block. What symbols was the original editor intending to use here, and with what font were they being displayed? Does anyone else get them to show? Once we verify what we are we can either find a substitute in the standard Unicode blocks or use existing svg/png renderings. If we don't get a response in a week or two, we should get rid of the symbols from the page. SamuelRiv (talk) 03:01, 25 June 2016 (UTC)