Epigraphists are responsible for reconstructing, translating, and dating the trilingual inscription and finding any relevant slave galley to knossos pdf. Often, epigraphy and history are competences practiced by the same person. When compared to books, most inscriptions are short. Dedications and foundations of temples, etc.
The character of the writing, the subject of epigraphy, is a matter quite separate from the nature of the text, which is studied in itself. Texts inscribed in stone are usually for public view and so they are essentially different from the written texts of each culture. The science of epigraphy has been developing steadily since the 16th century. Principles of epigraphy vary culture by culture, and the infant science in European hands concentrated on Latin inscriptions at first. Mommsen and other scholars, has been published in Berlin since 1863, with wartime interruptions.
It is the largest and most extensive collection of Latin inscriptions. Rome are contained in volume 6. This marked a first attempt at a comprehensive publication of Greek inscriptions copied from all over the Greek-speaking world. Only advanced students still consult it, for better editions of the texts have superseded it.