The early history of the comma

The early history of the comma

In the 3rd century BC, there was a a system of single dots that separated verses, and indicated the amount of breath needed to complete each fragment of text, when reading aloud. The different lengths were signified by a dot at the bottom, middle, or top of the line. For a short passage, a dot was placed mid-level ( · ). This is the origin of the concept of a comma.

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