Meaning of epigraphy in English:



mass noun
  • 1The study and interpretation of ancient inscriptions.

    ‘It has four boats and employs 60 divers, whose skills include archaeology, history, epigraphy (the study of inscriptions) and numismatics (the study of coins).’
    • ‘Now epigraphy, the interpretation of inscriptions, is one of the many gaps in my training as a historian.’
    • ‘He also helped them study epigraphy in the temple.’
    • ‘The second is epigraphy: there are very few Greek inscriptions in Upper Galilee during this period.’
    • ‘While disappointing for epigraphy fans, the find adds 101 characters to the Isthmian syllabary and should represent a step toward retrieving Olmec history.’
    1. 1.1Epigraphs collectively.
      • ‘An important early transformation in this apparently uniform written culture came with the use of palaeo-Christian epigraphy in funerary inscriptions.’



/ɪˈpɪɡrəfi/ /ɛˈpɪɡrəfi/