Roman Rustic script was easier to write with a pen than the monumental Roman Square capitals. Examples of this script survive from the 1st century AD. It continued to be used as a high-grade bookhand, even up until the 9th century, and was regularly used as an alternative script for display purposes in earlier medieval manuscripts.
Here is a facsimile of a page of Roman Rustic script. It comes from Vatican Library MS Pal. Lat. 1631: a 6th-century copy of an earlier original. It is known to Virgil scholars as the Codex Palatinus.
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Sorry these are in black and white. Colour comes the week after next.
Transcribe the portion between the red lines, using ‘capital’ letters;
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