Tironian notes

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Tironian notes (Latin: notae Tironianae) are a set of thousands of signs that were formerly used in a system of shorthand (Tironian shorthand) dating from the 1st century BCE and named after Tiro, a personal secretary to Marcus Tullius Cicero, who is often credited as their inventor.[1] Tiro's system consisted of about 4,000 signs,[2] extended to 5,000 signs by others. During the medieval period, Tiro's notation system was taught in European monasteries and expanded to a total of about 13,000 signs.[3] The use of Tironian notes declined after 1100 but lasted into the 17th century. A few Tironian signs are still used today.[4][5]

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Tironian notes
Script type
CreatorMarcus Tullius Tiro
Created60s BC
Time period
1st century BC – 16th century AD
Statusa few Tironian symbols are still in modern use
Et: U+204A, U+2E52; MUFI
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