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epigraphy

[ih-pig-ruh-fee] /ɪˈpɪg rə fi/
noun
1.
the study or science of epigraphs or inscriptions, especially of ancient inscriptions.
2.
inscriptions collectively.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; epigraph + -y3
Related forms
epigraphist, epigrapher, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for epigraphy

epigraphy

/ɪˈpɪɡrəfɪ/
noun
1.
the study of ancient inscriptions
2.
epigraphs collectively
Derived Forms
epigraphist, epigrapher, noun
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Encyclopedia Article for epigraphy

the study of written matter recorded on hard or durable material. The term is derived from the Classical Greek epigraphein ("to write upon, incise") and epigraphe ("inscription").

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