Definition of Paleography

1. Noun. The study of ancient forms of writing (and the deciphering of them).

Generic synonyms: Archaeology, Archeology
Specialized synonyms: Epigraphy

Definition of Paleography

1. n. An ancient manner of writing; ancient writings, collectively; as, Punic paleography.

Definition of Paleography

1. Noun. (American English) Ancient forms of writing, as in a manuscript or document. ¹

2. Noun. (American English) The study of ancient forms of writing. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Paleography

1. [n -PHIES]

Medical Definition of Paleography

1. 1. An ancient manner of writing; ancient writings, collectively; as, Punic paleography. 2. The study of ancient inscriptions and modes of writing; the art or science of deciphering ancient writings, and determining their origin, period, etc, from external characters; diplomatics. Origin: Paleo-: cf. F. Paleographie. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Paleography

paleogeographic
paleogeographical
paleogeography
paleogeology
paleognath
paleognaths
paleograph
paleographer
paleographers
paleographic
paleographical
paleographies
paleographist
paleographists
paleographs
paleography (current term)
paleoichnology
paleointensities
paleointensity
paleokinetic
paleola
paleolae
paleolatitude
paleolatitudes
paleolatitudinal
paleolibertarian
paleolibertarians
paleolimnological
paleolimnologist
paleolimnologists

Literary usage of Paleography

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"paleography may be said to have been founded by the learned French Benedictine, Jean Mabillon, whose (De Re Diplomatica' (1681, fol.; reprinted 1709 and ..."

2. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"... set up with special design as epigraphical monuments, nor are they the movible written documents with which we connect the idea of paleography. ..."

3. The New International Encyclopædia edited by Daniel Coit Gilman, Harry Thurston Peck, Frank Moore Colby (1903)
"In studying the history of Latin paleography, we begin with majuscule writing as ... Uncials described above may be recognized in Latin paleography by the ..."

4. Society and Politics in Ancient Rome: Essays and Sketches by Frank Frost Abbott (1909)
"All this is necessary, and one may freely recognize the fact that the primary value of paleography lies, and should lie, in its use in restoring a text, ..."

5. Latin Manuscripts: An Elementary Introduction to the Use of Critical by Harold Whetstone Johnston (1897)
"paleography treats of ancient methods of writing. It inves- 90 tigates the history of the characters used to represent speech, traces the changes from age ..."

6. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"The paleography of Greek ... Elements of South Indian paleography (London, 1878); MORITZ, Arabie paleography (Cairo, 1905); ..."

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