I understand the first minuscule script appeared in the Latin alphabet in the 3rd century - "New Roman cursive".

My question is: when did a script used both minuscule and majuscule letters in the same text, for the first time?

  • I assume this is for Latin?
    – Semaphore
    Commented Sep 18, 2015 at 18:29

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I'd say Half-Uncial (3rd Century AD) and Carolingian (9th Century AD) scripts; as it says in the Wikipedia text for the latter,

Clear capital letters and spaces between words – norms we take for granted – became standard in Carolingian minuscule [...]

So it was the first time both capitals and minuscules were used in a standard way (instead of ocassionally as with previous minuscule scripts). I don't think it would be possible to pinpoint exactly which was the first text ever to use them together, though.

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