Epigraphy and the historical sciences
- edited by John Davies and John Wilkes.
- Oxford : Published for the British Academy by Oxford University Press, 2012.
- Physical description
- xxiv, 346 p. : ill ; 24 cm.
- Proceedings of the British Academy 177.
- Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
- Opening address. Inscriptions of early Byzantium and the continuity of ancient onomastics / Denis Feissel
- I Epigraphy and religion. Epigraphy and Greek religion / Robert Parker
- Epigraphy and Roman religion / John Scheid
- II Epigraphy and languages. Greek epigraphy and the Greek language / George Petzl
- III Epigraphy and the ancient population. Inscriptions and identities of rural population groups in Roman Asia Minor / Christof Schuler
- Epigraphy and demography: birth, marriage, family and death / Walter Scheidel
- IV Epigraphy and government. Epigraphy and the display of authority / John Ma
- From document to monument: inscribing Roman official documents in the Greek east / Alison Cooley
- V Display and pedagogy. Epigraphy and the media / Isabel Rosa
- VI Epigraphy and economics. Greek epigraphy and ancient economics / Alain Bresson
- Epigraphy and the economy of the Roman empire / Giovanni Salmieri
- VII Epigraphy and information technology. Epigraphy and informatics: an introduction / Silvio Panciera
- Latin epigraphy and the IT revolution / John Bodel
- Closing address. Listening to stones: orality and emotions in ancient inscriptions / Angelos Chaniotis.
By far the largest single source of new information about the ancient Greek and Roman world is provided by the flow of newly discovered inscriptions, which presents both a challenge and an opportunity. In order to interpret any inscription we need to be able to apply the knowledge that we already have. On the other hand, inscriptions present the opportunity to gain new knowledge about virtually every aspect of the mix of cultures and societies which we call Graeco-Roman antiquity. This book therefore emphasises the importance of the two-way connections and contributions which link epigraphic studies with the historical sciences as a whole. Epigraphic information is helping to reshape and extend our knowledge of the religious life, the languages, the populations, the governmental systems, and the economies of the Graeco-Roman world. New techniques and technologies are helping to make epigraphically based information more accessible, whether in terms of public display or in terms of the ever-widening possibilities of information technology. The act of looking at the Graeco-Roman world through the window provided by the epigraphic record offers a distinctive gaze of unique and exceptional value.
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- Publication date
- Proceedings of the British Academy ; 177
- Contains 14 of the 17 plenary lectures presented at the 13th International Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy, held September 2-7, 2007, at Oxford, England.
- 9780197265062 (hbk.)
- 0197265065 (hbk.)
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