Another Hierosolymitanus Ligature
This is part n of my never-ending series on Greek handwriting. Here is another ligature:
Recognize that? Probably not. I didn’t either. So here’s a clue. Here is the same ligature finishing out a very common word.
This is one of those ligatures that make for creating an unnecessary variant. The first ligature occurred at the end of a line and one might mistake it for a comma. But with the grave accent and the fact that Leo the scribe isn’t down with much punctuation, it was pretty clear that this was a word and not some random marking.
The answer is that the ligature is for δε. Usually Leo spells out the word, as you can see here:
But apparently not always. The first ligature occurs in 2 Clement 2:3 where the ligature is for the entire word δε. The second in 1 Clement 3:4 where the word with ligature is μηδε.