Definition 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/