Piranesi's Initials discovered on the Plan of Nero's Nimphæum (Fig.II and Fig.III) were engraved in 1756 for Le Antichità Romane Tom.I [Plate] XLI when his Roman architectural authority was under threat within the Græco-Romano debate of the mid eighteenth-century. By adding serifs to the ‘E’  he argued that the ancient italians added serifs to the primitive Archaic Latin alphabet  which took 21 letters used in the ETRVSCAN alphabet. The unneeded Zeta  was moved to the end of the alphabet, and was replaced with Gamma  created from an Etruscan ‘C’. Following Rome’s conquest of Greece the Græca ‘Y’  was added to Classical Latin. ‘V’ was used for ‘U’ and the medieval ligatured double ‘V’ became double-u 6. Eventually a curled minuscule ‘?’ became ‘J’ and ‘V’ became ‘U’ following the post-Rennaissance convention where ‘I’ and ‘U’ were used as vowels, and ‘J’ and ‘V’ as consonants.
Piranesi's decorative [NER]ONIONIANA initial majuscules are included in the regular and bold weights of the ETRVSCA Sans font family.