paleography

paleography

[pey-lee-og-ruh-fee or, esp. British, pal-ee-]
noun
1.
ancient forms of writing, as in documents and inscriptions.
2.
the study of ancient writing, including determination of date, decipherment, etc.

Origin:
1810–20; paleo- + -graphy

paleographer, noun
paleographic [pey-lee-uh-graf-ik or, esp. British, pal-ee-] , paleographical, adjective
paleographically, adverb
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paleography

study of ancient and medieval handwriting. The term is derived from the Greek palaios ("old") and graphein ("to write").

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