Epigraphy

Epigraphy is the study of inscriptions.[3] The mid-19th century is when inscriptions first began to be collected systematically.[2, p.204]

“After one has mentioned only the Rosetta stone, the cuneiform tablets, the Behistun inscription, the wax tablets of Pompeii and Dacia, the corpus of Greek and of Latin inscriptions, there would be need of nothing else to overwhelm anyone who doubted the incomparable value of epigraphy to the modern maker of ancient history.”
– Ralph Van Deman Magoffin (1914)[1, p.66]

Epigraphy Definitions

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defined epigraphy as a noun meaning:[3]
1 – EPIGRAPHS, INSCRIPTIONS
2 – the study of inscriptions

Dictionary.com defined epigraphy as a noun meaning:[4]
1 – the study or science of epigraphs or inscriptions, especially of ancient inscriptions.
2 – inscriptions collectively.

Lexico defined epigraphy as a noun meaning:[5]
1 – “The study and interpretation of ancient inscriptions.”
1.1 – “Epigraphs collectively.”

Epigraphy Etymology

1850-1855 – Alleged first known use, “epigraph + -y3[4]

1851 – Alleged first known use, defined as point 1 above.[3]

Ctruth Epigraphy Articles

List of Epigraphers Born Before 1900: https://ctruth.today/2019/05/08/list-of-epigraphers-born-before-1900/

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References:

[1] – Ralph Van Deman Magoffin. “The Modern Making of Ancient History.” The Classical Journal, vol. 10, no. 2, 1914, pp. 63–71. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/3287215. Accessed 4 Oct. 2020.

[2] – WALSH, W. H. “HISTORY AS SCIENCE AND HISTORY AS MORE THAN SCIENCE.” The Virginia Quarterly Review, vol. 49, no. 2, 1973, pp. 196–212. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/26435531. Accessed 4 Oct. 2020.

[3] – https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epigraphy. Accessed 4 Oct. 2020.

[4] – https://www.dictionary.com/browse/epigraphy. Accessed 8 Oct. 2020.

[5] – https://www.lexico.com/definition/epigraphy. Accessed 8 Oct. 2020.

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