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I was hoping someone here could help tell me what language this is? The hint for this is Mary Queen of Scots, but I have no background in historical languages, and was hoping maybe someone here does.


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Where did you get this from? –  Sardathrion Mar 3 '14 at 8:05
Part of a riddle, and I notice some of the characters from greek. As it turns out though some of the symbols are purely mathematical. –  Scherf Mar 3 '14 at 8:21

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I am fairly sure this is Mary's cipher (here are similar specimen). It's a fairly simple encryption scheme and was indeed broken by her contemporary enemies in the 16th century.

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