U after V : How to write it?

Discussion in 'Lingua Latina (Latin)' started by arsanima, Dec 4, 2013.

  1. arsanima New Member

    Québec, Qc, CA
    French - Québecois

    My question might be quite basic, but I've looked around and haven't managed to find an answer yet, so I hoped maybe some of you guys could help me out!

    I was wondering, when using the classical latin alphabet, how would an U following a V be written?
    More specifically, I'm looking to write the word Cavum. Would it be CAVVM, or would the "U" be dropped, becoming CAVM? or something else entirely?

    I'm a bit at loss here, so If any of you could give me a few tips, or maybe point me out towards a good ressource for learning more about the classical latin alphabet, it would be great!

    Thank you!
  2. CapnPrep Senior Member

    The following thread may be of interest to you:
    Why U? [V et U]

    You can write CAVVM or cauum or cavum​, among other possibilities perhaps, depending on the context of use and your own preferences. But there is no reason to drop any letters.
  3. arsanima New Member

    Québec, Qc, CA
    French - Québecois
    Thank you for your reply, that thread you linked to was quite an interesting read!

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