Technical signs and symbols
Signs in the headword entry
Signs indicating groups of examples
For an explanation of the arrangement of the examples see Article structure.
- The common feature linking the passages may be the repeated association of another word with the headword, for example an attributive associated with a substantive or a particular object with a verb. In this case the accompanying word is usually printed in widely spaced letters where it occurs before the bracket, and inside the bracket is either abbreviated to its initial letter or else omitted altogether:
- Passages which are comparable in content or other respects may be bracketed together; the common feature is then usually explained in italics at the beginning of the bracket:
Signs indicating the omission of examples
The criteria for the selection of examples quoted in an article are explained under 'Article Structure'.
- In the middle of a sequence of quotations from several authors they indicate the omission of at least two examples from the last author named. For example the al. in radix vol. XI 2, 40, 57, means that at least two quotations of Ovid have been left out:
- At the end of a subsection or bracket:
a. If the last author cited is of the period down to Apuleius, they indicate the omission of all later authors and possibly of examples from the last author cited. For example in radix vol. XI 2, 38, 28 at least two examples have been left out, either from PLIN. nat. or/and from authors after him:
b. If the last author cited is later than Apuleius, they show that the passages cited are only a selection of those contained in the archives for the period from the mid-second century on, in other words the period for which the Thesaurus material consists of excerpts. For example in radix vol. XI 2, 42, 27, the al. signifies that at least two more examples from the time after Apuleius have been left out: