Rustic Capitals (littera capitalis rustica)

Rustic Capitals are a variant form of the Square Capitals, and were used to write Latin between the 1st and 9th centuries AD, especially between the 4th and 6th centuries. The oldest known text in Rustic Capitals was found in the ruins of Herculaneum and probably dates from around 79 AD, when Vesuvius erupted. It is part of a poem about the Battle of Actium De bello Actiaco).

Rustic Capitals

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Sample texts in Rustic Capitals

Sample text in Rustic Capitals

From the Vergilius Romanus, a 5th-century illustrated manuscript of the works of the Roman Poet Virgil.


Sample text in Rustic Capitals


All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

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Other versions of the Latin alphabet

Archaic Latin alphabet, Basque-style lettering, Carolingian Minuscule, Classical Latin alphabet, Fraktur, Gaelic script, Merovingian, Modern Latin alphabet, Roman Cursive, Rustic Capitals, Old English, Sütterlin, Visigothic Script

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