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a quotation at the beginning of a book, chapter, etc., suggesting its theme
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



since the 14th century, a quotation used to open a work of literature or part of a work. Sources for epigraphs are folk literature, the Bible, aphorisms, fiction, and letters. Sometimes writers compose their own epigraphs. The epigraph introduces a fresh point of view to the topic under consideration, elucidating its meaning and indicating the traditions with which the work is linked.

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(14) We contend that KTU 1.19 is indeed the last in the sequence based on epigraphic evidence that deals with the work of the scribe when he prepared the third tablet.
Zevit pays special attention to unique epigraphic material, with distinct Sitz im Leben, found in sites such as a cave near Ein Gedi, Khirbet El-Qom, and Kuntillet 'Ajrid, and Khirbet Beit Lei, only three of which he classifies as cult locales, which he considers "from the perspective of a SPEAKING model of ethnographic communicative acts" (p.
Five other places with Chinese epigraphic material are also known in Bali.
The individual epigraphic evidence from the coast and from Samaria indicates an influence mainly from Phoenicia, particularly during the period of the Omri dynasty in ninth century B.c.
Second, though the epigraphic chapters are better grounded in actual diplomacy, here, as Patterson acknowledges, "the specific circumstances" of introducing ancestral forefather myths into the diplomacy generally remain unstated in the inscriptions and as such "beyond our reach" (110-111).
He concludes with a plea not to trust any epigraphic material bought in the marketplace.
Apart from striking a balance in portraying both micro and macro perspectives on Singapore Chinese society, it also makes good use of new historical sources; which have surfaced in previous three decades, especially the epigraphic materials and oral history tapes.
Epigraphic evidence is like the tip of an iceberg in that underneath it cultural conventions and aspects of social life lie submerged.
Among their topics are the Acts of John and Christian communities in Ephesus in the mid-second century AD, relational identity and Roman name-giving among Lycaonian Christians, early Christian inscriptions from Corinthia and the Peloponnese, the formation of a Pauline letter collection in light of Roman epigraphic evidence, and from Aphrodite(s) to saintly bishops in Late Antique Cyprus.
Dossey's analysis represents an integrated approach, and the evidence considered here encompasses a wide range of material and integrates the archaeological evidence with the epigraphic and literary sources.