goth~ik, a. Pertaining to the Goths;
pertaining to the
Middle Ages; rude, barbarous; denoting a style of architecture utilizing
the pointed arch and ribbed vaulting current in western Europe from 1200
to 1500 A.D referring to a literary style in which a bleak and dismal
setting, weird and often violent happenings and a feeling of doom and decay
are characteristic.-n. The language of the Goths; art and architecture
in the Gothic style. Among the numerous runic inscriptions the oldest preserved is
Gothic text. In fact the oldest text in any Germanic language is the "Wulfila Bible" from the fourth century about (311-383).
Wulfila, also known as "Ulfilas" was a Western Gothic bishop who translated
the bible from Greek so it could be understood by the Goths. He was the first person
to put any Germanic language into writing.
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Gothic Letters: suite of scripts of the later middle ages - belonging to the "Sans Serif"
class when referring to style of typeface; originating in northern France and the low countries in the late 11th century; also refers to
the architectural style which developed in the same time and place; originally
the language of the Goths. The references to writing style and architecture were
originally intended to be pejorative, associated with barbarism. Visual "Paleography"
which studies the history on Latin Lettering, beginning with "Artificial Uncial"
in use around 500-999 CE (Pre Medieval).
This progressed into variations of letter styles such as "Insular Majuscule, Insular Miniscule,
Carolingian Miniscule, Textura, Roman, Gothic Scripts, Gothic Littera Bastarda,
Chancery-Italic, Celtic Roundhand, Ionic script, Cyrillic script, Rotunda and Old English".
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During twelfth to the sixteenth century Gothic script prevailed, and still has a representation
in the characters of the German language. These were the characters used
in the famous "Black Letter Books," as the first books published
in Germany imitated the heavy lines of the Gothic script. The French modified
them, and gave to their forms the name "letters de somme." The Italians
rejected them altogether, and produced the forms now known as the ROMAN.
of an ancient Teutonic race of people who over ran and conquered most of
the Roman Empire in the 3rd to 5th centuries; a barbarian. The Goths were
just one of a large number of Germanic tribes and confederations which expanded
their influence in Europe as the Roman Empire began to implode from the 4th Century AD.
The Barbarians orignated in the far east. The great wall of China was built to keep them out.
The "Huns" began to ravage and pillage small villages as they traveled west towards "Rome".
They were master archers and horsemen.
In ancient societies,
writing was a holy thing. After all, it was a way of changing sound into
visual speech. That sounds magical, doesn't it. That is why the ancient
peoples thought that writing must have been invented by the gods. Also
the priests were the ones who usually did most of the writing and got a
big reputation for doing it.
The Egyptians used
picture writing inside their tombs and called it "the speech of the
gods." But the greeks called the Egyptian letters "hieroglyhics,"
or "sacred carvings." In northern Europe during the early centuries
of the christian era, there were magic letters called "runes (introduced
or invented by the Germanic peoples in the 1st or 2nd century." This
term came from a word meaning "mystery," or "secret." Runes were also used
on weapons and said to be able to bring the dead back to life. When northern
Europe became Christian, the early priest outlawed the writing of runes.
There was too much of a connection between these markings, pagan religions
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In a way, writing
goes back further than just to the ancient tribes of the Middle East. Drawings
dating back to 20,000 B.C. have been found on the walls of caves.
Not only were there pictures of animals and humans, but there were also
geometric shapes and patterns.
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and versatile Gothic fonts includes such classics as Academy Text,
Antique Black, Church Text, Engravers Old English, Libra, Nicolini Broadpen,
Rhapsodie, and more - typefaces that confer power and dignity with their
every use. Set features one CD-ROM containing 24 different, complete, and
fully scalable fonts in True Type and Postscript Type I formats, and a
large-format 48-page book showing every image on the CD-ROM for easy reference.
These dynamic, copyright-free alphabets are ready for instant use in newsletters,
on posters, signs, and in a host of other print projects. Can be used with
any Macintosh or Windows compatible computer.
So writing, as
we know it, seems to have come through three main stages. The first was
the picture graph type of writing. The next type of writing was the
ideograph. In ideographic writing, the drawing means not only the
sun, for instance, but also some of it's characteristics. "Light," "heat,"
"brightness," and "day." This was used by the Sumerians, Chinese and the Egyptians.
The third stage is of course, the phonetic
type of writing, such as we use now. In other words, phonetics are symbols
that stand for sounds. We have twenty-six symbols in English-called the
alphabet. Many scholars think that all are descendants of one original
alphabet. This first alphabet was probably invented in either Syria or
Palestine sometime between 1750 and 1500 B.C.
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Which brings us
to this; all letters of the alphabet made with even width strokes are classified
as "Gothic." Originally, "Text" or "Old English letters were called
Gothic. All letters made with "accented" strokes or thick and thin strokes
are classified as "Roman." "Text" letters are all the styles
now known as "Old English" which includes "Cloister," "Church,"
"German," and "Black Text."
Roman letters or
manuscript are basically just variations of the gothic letter using thick
and thin strokes. And Old English Text are variations of the Roman type.
lettering is also a variation manuscript which is a variation of Roman.
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Are you now starting
to see how one letter style leads to the other? And it all started with
one style, and everything else is a walk-in-the park!!
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In the Egyptian language, the term writing signified, according to Lenormant,
"Writing heavenly words." This meaning is not only beautiful but essentially true,
for whatever may be the origin of letters, no gift or invention has been as useful,
nor contributed so much to the civilization of mankind, as the ART OF WRITING.
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