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Paleography, in its widest sense, the study and analysis of the writing of ancient times and of the Middle Ages. In its restricted sense, paleography denotes only the study of writing on such destructible materials as papyrus, wax, parchment and vellum, and paper. Paleography is usually further limited to the study of writing in Greek and Latin and their derivatives. A related science, epigraphy, is devoted to the study of inscriptions engraved on stone or metal.


Duckworth, George E., M.A., Ph.D.

Late Giger Professor of Classics, Princeton University.

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Paleography, epigraphy, papyrus, vellum, parchment, Middle Ages, derivatives, wax, analysis, metal, stone

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