A few weeks ago Michael Hendry was wondering about certain orthographical conventions (adscript iota and the like) and was surprised to find that ‘siculate sigmas’ hadn’t caught on.
I tried to post a comment asking for more information, but it doesn’t seem to have taken (apologies if it does, and this is redundant), so I thought I’d ask our readers for input.
Does anyone know what a siculate sigma is?
The way I see it there are three possibilities:
1) A sigma which resembles a Sicilian girl (from Siculus, -a, -um)
2) A sigma which resembles a small curved dagger, with handle (final sigma, ς)
3) A sigma which resembles a small curved dagger, sans handle (lunate sigma, ϲ)
Little help? I know others (such as Caelestis at Sauvage Noble) have been wondering.