Dating on tombs of scipios latest gay dating sites
, "inscription") is the study of inscriptions or epigraphs as writing; it is the science of identifying graphemes, clarifying their meanings, classifying their uses according to dates and cultural contexts, and drawing conclusions about the writing and the writers.Specifically excluded from epigraphy are the historical significance of an epigraph as a document and the artistic value of a literary composition.
The study of ancient handwriting, usually in ink, is a separate field, palaeography.
Epigraphy is a primary tool of archaeology when dealing with literate cultures.
The US Library of Congress classifies epigraphy as one of the auxiliary sciences of history.
Epigraphy overlaps other competences such as numismatics or palaeography.
When compared to books, most inscriptions are short.