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Tironian Shorthand
   The Rhetoric of Record-Keeping II: Shorthand Writing
Roman uses, drawing on Greek systems, began with the caesars and flourished, apparently, under the emperors. Shorthand was taught in Roman schools. Cicero's freed slave, Tiro, is generally described as authoring the first truly tachygraphic system, one that more or less enabled verbatim reporting of human speech, by codifying a set of forms--symbols that by their shape and position represented common words.

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