1. The study of ancient writings and inscriptions, dating, deciphering, and interpreting them.
2. Ancient forms of writing: documents, inscriptions, etc.
3. An ancient style or method of writing.
From Greek paleo- (old, ancient) + -graphy (writing). Earliest documented use: 1763.
“Yanis Bitsakis, of the Center for History and Paleography in Athens, added that he expects to be busy for years to come deciphering still-unread inscriptions.”
Brian Handwerk; Greek “Computer” Tracked Ancient Olympics, Other Games; National Geographic News (Washington, DC); Jul 30, 2008.
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