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1 This line (over any vowel) for m is in early MSS. properly written with an up-turned hook at one end and a down-turned hook at the other, while the line indicating the contraction of a word is a straight line. But this distinction came to be dropped. The extension of one or other (or both) of these signs to indicate an n varied in usage at different times. Often the contraction for n is limited to the end of a line, while the contraction for m is used freely at any part of the line. But there was always a possibility of a minuscule scribe being left uncertain whether to interpret a horizontal stroke over a vowel in a majuscule original as an m or as an n.
2 A collection of these contractions, or, to use the Latin term, notae, “quae in monumentis pluribus et in historiarum libris sacrisque publicis reperiuntur”, was made by the grammarian Valerius Probus in the time of Nero. The surviving extracts from this work have been published by Mommsen in vol. iv of the Grammatici Latini, ed. Keil. Gitlbauer tries to explain some corruptions in MSS. of Livy by supposing them to be due to the use of these notae in ancient texts.
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