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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'.
One would expect this regulation to have been observed at all of these early foundations, a point surely confirmed by the numerous epigraphical records of provincial priests of Roma and Augustus at Lugdunum, once Gallia Comata became Tres Galliae in the Flavian period and its provincial cult took shape (37); earlier than that we are limited to the occasional mention of a sacerdos, as among the Ubii, for example (Tac.
Historical Scholarship in the Late Renaissance, where he asserts that Morales' work can be seen as "marking something of a transition in the use of epigraphical evidence: as well as citing many inscriptions," and making "some theoretical reflections on their use, indicating both that inscriptions could be forged, and that they were not simply texts" (2005: 124).
It turns to evidence not only from the literary record, but epigraphical sources and votive deposits.
Kanaklatha Mukund has cited many epigraphical evidences from thirteenth century to property owned, sold, and bought by the teveratiyal, which indicate that they had property independent of the temple; so much was that even their rights were not questioned.
Thus, Pagan's chapter on the Catilinarian conspiracy is almost entirely concerned with Sallust's monograph on the event and only glances at the Ciceronian tradition, her chapter on the Bacchanalian affair is devoted to Livy's narrative rather than to the epigraphical record of the event, and so on.
IF TYERMAN IS, TO BE FRANK, A VERY POOR stylist, he nevertheless offers many things new and insightful--besides drawing on a half-century's worth of archaeological, historical, and epigraphical scholarship since the time of Runciman.
Strauss begins with the abduction of Helen and ends with the Trojan horse and the sack of Troy, retelling the story by following Homer's narrative while footnoting parallels from contemporary archaeological, graphic, and epigraphical material to support the stories of the Iliad and Odyssey.
The epigraphical research was published in Benefactor: Epigraphical Study of a Graeco-Roman and New Testament Semantic Field (St.
This article reviews the epigraphical evidence for furniture and furnishings from Late Classical and Hellenistic Greece, with particular attention to the furniture recorded in the treasure lists of Greek sanctuaries, and in the inscriptions recording loans, mortgages, and other commercial transactions involving property, between the late 4th and 1st centuries B.
Overall one misses a sense of the limits of the evidence of this corpus for social or religious history, especially in light of the rich archaeological, epigraphical, and hagiographical data emerging from recent work on Gaza (see now Brouria Bitton-Ashkelony and Aryeh Kofsky, ed.