This lecture is designed to give students an introduction to epigraphy, epigraphic conventions, and some practice reading authentic Greek inscriptions, which can be tailored to any reading level or difficulty. Appropriate texts can be found on our database of digitized squeezes.
Epigraphy (from the Greek: ἐπιγραφή epi-graphē, literally “on-writing”, “inscription”) is the study of inscriptions or epigraphs as writing; it is the science of identifying graphemes, clarifying their meanings, classifying their uses according to dates and cultural contexts, and drawing conclusions about the writing and the writers.
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