Epigraphic Research from its Inception

Marco Buonocore

in The Oxford Handbook of Roman Epigraphy

Published in print November 2014 | ISBN: 9780195336467
Published online January 2015 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Epigraphic Research from its Inception

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This chapter provides a history of epigraphic research, dating back to the earliest manuscript tradition. It highlights the contributions of the most important antiquarians, humanists, and enlightenment scholars, from the ninth to the eighteenth centuries. The chapter demonstrates the importance of consulting manuscripts even today, especially in case of inscriptions that have now been lost, and explains why this is one of the most vibrant fields of epigraphy today.

Keywords: epigraphy; philology; inscriptions; archives; libraries; Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana; Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum; antiquarian; humanists; enlightenment

Article.  8284 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Greek and Roman Epigraphy

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