The letters of this script are large, broad and well separated. The lack of variation in size makes it look a bit like a majuscule script, until you realise that most of the letter forms are minuscule, and there are ascenders and descenders. There appears to be a correction at the end of the fifth line, to the word qui. Your Latin vocabulary and grammar need to be up to the mark in order to separate the words, and one can imagine the original readers running their fingers along the lines and reading the words aloud in order to decode it. Well, that's what I had to do!

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Hilarius of Poitiers, 509-10 (Rome, Archivio de S. Pietro, D.182) Images from Steffens 1929, No. 20.

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