The Cambridge Manual of Latin Epigraphy

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This book advances our understanding of the place of Latin inscriptions in the Roman world beyond the vague concept of 'the epigraphic habit'. It enables readers to appreciate both the potential and the limitations of inscriptions as historical source material, by considering the diversity of epigraphic culture in the Roman world, and how it has been transmitted to the 21st century. The first chapter offers an epigraphic sample drawn from the Bay of Naples, illustrating the dynamic epigraphic culture of that ...
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Overview

This book advances our understanding of the place of Latin inscriptions in the Roman world beyond the vague concept of 'the epigraphic habit'. It enables readers to appreciate both the potential and the limitations of inscriptions as historical source material, by considering the diversity of epigraphic culture in the Roman world, and how it has been transmitted to the 21st century. The first chapter offers an epigraphic sample drawn from the Bay of Naples, illustrating the dynamic epigraphic culture of that region. The second explores in detail the nature of epigraphic culture in the Roman world, probing the limitations of traditional ways of dividing up inscriptions into different categories, and offering examples of how epigraphic culture developed in different geographical, social, and religious contexts. It examines the 'life-cycle' of inscriptions – how they were produced, viewed, reused, and destroyed. Finally, the third provides guidance on deciphering inscriptions face-to-face and handling specialist epigraphic publications.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521840262
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/13/2012
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Alison E. Cooley is Reader in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Warwick. She has published extensively on topics relating to Roman epigraphy. She has edited three books and most recently published an edition and commentary on the 'queen of inscriptions', Res Gestae Divi Augusti (Cambridge University Press, 2009). She has taught epigraphy to postgraduates attending the British Epigraphy Society's international summer school, as well as at Oxford and Warwick. She is also a member of the team producing quinquennial survey articles on inscriptions and Roman studies for the Journal of Roman Studies.
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Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Epigraphic culture in the Bay of Naples; 2. Epigraphic culture in the Roman world; 3. A technical guide to Latin epigraphy.
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