Title: Punctuation first appeared…

Greece circa 350 BCE, simple punctuation began to be used. Literary texts written on papyrus began to use the paragraphs and a line placed under the first words of a new topic. Eventually evolved into the modern practice of dividing a text into paragraphs.
      350 BCE

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  • BBC – Culture – The mysterious origins of punctuation
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  • The origins of… ellipses, commas, and other punctuation marks – Quartz
    Oct 22, 2015 – Ellipses are used in text messages, novels, and news stories to different ends, but who was the first to use this often misunderstood form of punctuation? Anne Toner, a researcher at the University of Cambridge, thinks she’s found the earliest uses of the ellipsis. An 1588 edition of the play Andria by the …

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