2014 | 23/2 | 113-123
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Use of Writing Space on the Franks Casket: Editorial and Linguistic Issues

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The Franks Casket (ca. 700 AD) preserves both continuous and single word inscriptions, mainly in Old English and carved in runes. The present paper discusses the editorial issue of where each text begins, which is far from obvious because the main inscriptions entirely surround three panels in an unbroken line. On the basis of the conclusions reached, new editions are provided for all inscriptions on the panels under consideration. The back panel uniquely combines runes, Roman letters, Old English and Latin – the present paper offers an explanation of the engravers’ choices basing on paleographical considerations.
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