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THE SCRIPT my manuscripts are written with is the Greek minuscule perlschrift (this style became known as perlschrift from its likeness to small, round beads strung together), as it has been formed in the late Byzantine era. It was first used in the 9th century AD and widely popularized between 11th and 15th century AD. In fact, it was in those centuries when the main characteristics of the Greek script, that are being used till now, were established. The script was called “perlschrift” because the letters were accorded to each other in such a way that they resembled a pearl necklace. It is worth to say, that although this way of writing has been almost dictated by the copying process itself (writing tools, reading desk, lack of time and space, influence of the Latin script, etc) it seems to offer a special rhythm to each word, a rhythm that is amazingly related to the meaning of the word. Writing this way the scribe could save time (some words can be written without even picking up the pen) and space. One should keep in mind that parchment was a very expensive material, paper was not in abundance, the number of the texts to be transcribed was enormous and the deadline for the scribe to hand over the manuscript was most of the times really pressing.