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Questions tagged [epigraphy]

Use this for questions about inscriptions in the context of a historical auxiliary science. It deals with inscriptions or writings on various materials such as wood, stone, glass, marble, metal, leather and others. Epigraphy is particularly important for ancient history: for identifying graphemes, clarifying their meanings, classifying their uses according to dates and cultural contexts, and drawing conclusions about the writing and the writers.

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Why is this Latin text black but the Latin numerals are red?

There is a Latin inscription on the Old Town Square in Prague. It is located on a copy of the Marian Column. Photo: (click to enlarge) Every letter there has black color except for the Latin numerals ...
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What is the oldest inscription of Yahweh found?

Is it true that Assyriologist Friedrich Delitzsch found an inscription of Yahweh around 2500 BC? I've heard of the Stela of Mesha dated around 900 BC but I also came across Friedrich Delitzsch and ...
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Which is the earliest surviving inscription of "SPQR"?

I have looked around a bit, and was wondering if there was any information about what could be the earliest surviving and accessible (for public) inscriptions which included the Latin initialism SPQR (...
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What language is the inscription in Masaccio's Holy Trinity

Masaccio, the Italian Renaissance master, has a painting called the Holy Trinity. In the bottom part of the painting, is a cadaver tomb, with an inscription. I have been able to find plenty of ...
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What are the dimensions of this pomerium marker?

The pomerium of Vespasian from 75AD (pictured below) was moved to Santa Cecilia in Trastevere, Rome in the 20th century. What are its dimensions, and what is its height, measuring from street level to ...
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What did Ostian script look like?

What did Ostian script look like? I've seen some drawings in Origin of the Serif and I'd like to learn more. But when I tried googling I wasn't able to find anything: all I got were false positives. ...
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