In Ancient Rome, there were many stone engravings. They were almost as common as written paper, if not more so. Now, this created some problems, becavse it's difficvlt to neatly carve a cvrvy line. The Romans remedied this by replacing instances of the letter "u" with "v". They didn't have the letter v in writing, either. Becaves of this, it has become a bit of a Stock Parody to do this in ancient Roman settings (or Greek, if the avthors feel like taking a bit of artistic license).
- Used a couple times in Astérix.
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