Epigraphy and Communication

Elizabeth A. Meyer

in The Oxford Handbook of Social Relations in the Roman World

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780195188004
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

 Epigraphy and Communication

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This article studies how epigraphy was used as a form of communication. Epigraphs were usually stone inscriptions, although some were occasionally found etched on clay, plaster, and metals. Epigraphs were found at the center of the Roman communicative system, and included many sub-genres of monumental inscription that had its own peculiar characteristics. It studies the monumental inscriptions of the Roman Empire, which were classified and categorized by place of origin, language, and type. It then looks at the memories found in the epigraphy of the emperors and discusses the habit of inscribing, which only became widespread during the time of Emperor Augustus.

Keywords: epigraphy; communicative systems; epigraphs; monumental inscription; habit of inscribing

Article.  18031 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Greek and Roman Epigraphy ; Historical Archaeology

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