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a quotation at the beginning of a book, chapter, etc., suggesting its theme



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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In this respect, it can be reconciled with the explanation of some epigraphical usage proposed by Tewari (1987: 210): "household attendants of the kings whose main duty was to fetch water and attend to the bath of the king," although the association with bathing in particular is based on a dubious connection with the word vari 'water'.
However, what makes the structural differences between the inscriptions on the scrolls held respectively by Iustitia and the angelic figure even more readily apparent is the fact that in the case of the latter the distinctly "Roman" tenor of her appeal to the senators is reinforced by an epigraphical style of inscription which is modeled on the letter forms of the classical "capitalis monumentalis quadrata" [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 6 OMITTED].
We will still be giving directions to the drinking fountain and locating the latest information on epigraphical squeezes.
The work is an excellent introduction to the epigraphical data on politics, government, and administration, but does not provide an ideal entry point into the study of Gupta history, about which a substantial level of basic knowledge is presumed.
Surface finds such as microlithic tools, excavation of the Iron Age-Early Historic burials at the site and a Siva temple (dated to the ninth century AD from epigraphical evidence) at Siruthavoor indicate that the site has been occupied for a long period of time and through different cultural phases.
Since the 19th century, scholars have studied the epigraphical and literary evidence for Roman collegia and Greek thiasoi in order to compare their organizational structures with those of early Christian communities.
He delighted in the epigraphical congresses almost as much as in the Roman army gatherings.
An epigraphical study of the re-published inscriptions is provided in part 2.
In 1963 after examining the epigraphical evidence in detail it was Nagaswamy who asserted that the inspiration behind most of the marvels of sculpture and architecture was Rajasimha I and he alone.
There is no evidence to suggest that figurative or epigraphical watermarks were used in traditional Islamic papermaking.
The references to older epigraphical collections (pp.
In her book Women Officeholders in Early Christianity, German epigraphical scholar Ute Eisen details widespread evidence of titles for women priests and presiders (presbytera, presbytides, presbiterissa) who served in both the Eastern and Western churches from the second to the ninth centuries.