An Introduction to Greek Epigraphy of the Hellenistic and Roman Periods from Alexander the Great Down to the Reign of Constantine
By: Bradley H. McLean (author)Hardback
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Inscriptions are an enduring and highly informative piece of evidence which, in many cases, seem to bring us close to those who created and commissioned them. This practical guide is an aid to those reading Greek inscriptions from the Hellenistic and Roman periods. McLean outlines the important uses of inscriptions in reconstructing social history, laws and institutions, private associations, dedications, and so on, and emphasises the importance of social, political and historical context when considering their meaning and value as pieces of evidence. He explains the construction of epigraphy including letter forms, ancient names. calendars, and classifies the different types (decrees, honorific dedications, funerary inscriptions etc) and the specific features and nuances of some examples.
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