An Introduction to Greek Epigraphy of the Hellenistic and Roman Periods from Alexander the Great down to the Reign of Constantine (323 B.C. - A.D. 337)

B. H. McLean
A crucial reference for students and scholars of Greek culture

Description

Greek inscriptions form a valuable resource for the study of all aspects of the Greco-Roman world. They are primary witnesses to society's laws and institutions, religious habits, and language. This volume provides students with the tools to take advantage of the historical value of these treasures. It examines letter forms, ancient names, and ancient calendars, knowledge of which is essential in reading inscriptions of all kinds.

B. H. McLean discusses the classification of inscriptions into their various categories and analyzes particular types of inscriptions, including decrees, honorary inscriptions, dedications, funerary inscriptions, and manumissions. Finally, McLean includes special topics that bear upon the interpretation of specific features of inscriptions, such as Greek and Roman administrative titles and functions.

"In short, this is a reference work of the best kind. For the beginner, it is indispensable. And for those who already know something about its subject matter, the book is in many ways useful, informative, and interesting. We all owe a debt to [the author] for undertaking this significant project, and for completing it so well."
—Michael Peachin, Classical World

"…provides invaluable road maps for non-epigraphers faced with passages of inscribed Greek."
—Graham Shipley, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

B. H. McLean is Professor of New Testament Language and Literature, Knox College, University of Toronto.

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  • "...This is a reference work of the best kind.  For the beginner, it is indispenable.  And for those who already know something about its subject matter, the book is in many ways useful, informative, and interesting.  We all owe a great debt to McLean for undertaking this significant project, and for completing it so well."
    —Michael Peachin, New York University, Classical Review

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  • 6 x 9.
  • 516pp.
  • 3 drawings, 19 photographs.
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  • 2002
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  • 978-0-472-11238-8

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