epigraphy

epigraphy

[ih-pig-ruh-fee]
noun
1.
the study or science of epigraphs or inscriptions, especially of ancient inscriptions.
2.
inscriptions collectively.

Origin:
1850–55; epigraph + -y3

epigraphist, epigrapher, noun
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epigraphy (ɪˈpɪɡrəfɪ)
 
n
1.  the study of ancient inscriptions
2.  epigraphs collectively
 
e'pigraphist
 
n
 
e'pigrapher
 
n

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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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