Lineamenti di Epigrafia e Papirologia.
- Series: Manuali L'ERMA, 4
- Pages and Illustrations: 192
- Publication Year: 2019
- Available soon
Questo libro non
This book it is neither a manual about epigraphy, papyrology, or paleography albeit it has all the characteristics and analogies to be considered as such. Instead, its innovative nature lies in a new and more complete image of the ancient documents from the viewpoint of the scholars who study them. The time to overcome misleading barriers and definitions is overdue. Today, more than ever, such concepts, which came to be during specific cultural and political periods, show their weak scholarly foundations. Consequently, following Karl Poppers brilliant statement that we study not disciplines, but problems, and often problems transcend the boundaries of a particular discipline: epigraphs, papyri, tabulae, parchment, graffiti, paintings, and so forth will be treated as one with the unique objective to give the reader the skills needed to read an ancient document, regardless of its writing surface and script type (Majuscule, Minuscule, Cursive, Capitals, Uncial, etc.) and with applied methodology reconstruct its context in order to obtain the largest amount of possible information.
Therefore, this manual is formed of two sections: The first part presents a history of writing, its surface support materials, instruments, and types of scripts, the essential elements of paleography and a history of the book. Whereas the second part of the manual takes on the analyses between the most prominent documents (epigraphs, papyri, manuscripts) which convey the history of Rome from the Archaic Period to Late Antiquity.
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