Was "w" written with smoother curves back then?

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    As Elliott has already answered that U and V were the same in Latin, I'll just add that the French went the other way after the split: they do pronounce 'W' as double-V.
    – etheranger
    May 14, 2014 at 23:39

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No. The letter "u" was written like a "v".

From here,

Roman alphabet for Latin

The Romans used just 23 letters to write Latin:

Roman alphabet for Latin


This is expounded in R.L. Trask, Robert McColl Millar's Why Do Languages Change? (2010 Rev. ed).

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    -1 because this is not an answer. It is a comment. (And for some reason, I can't see the image; but even if the image contains substantive text and/or information, it would not be an answer, since you would need to supplement said info with your own words of expertise.) Aug 25, 2018 at 3:06

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