This book investigates the epigraphic habit of the Eastern Mediterranean in antiquity, from the inception of alphabetic writing to the seventh c. CE, aiming to identify whether there was one universal epigraphic culture in this area or a number of discrete epigraphic cultures.

Chapters examine epigraphic culture(s) through quantitative analysis of 32,062 inscriptions sampled from ten areas in the Eastern Mediterranean, from the Black Sea coast to Greece, western to central Asia Minor, Phoenicia to Egypt. They show that the shapes of the epigraphic curves are due to different factors occurring in different geographical areas and in various epochs, including the pre-Greek epigraphic habit, the moment of urbanization and Hellenization, and the organized Roman presence. Two epigraphic maxima are identified in the Eastern Mediterranean: in the third c. BCE and in the second c. CE. This book differs from previous studies of ancient epigraphic culture by taking into account all categories of inscriptions, not just epitaphs, and in investigating a much broader area over the broadly defined classical antiquity.

This volume is a valuable resource for anyone working on ancient epigraphy, history or the cultures of the Eastern Mediterranean.

chapter |30 pages


Epigraphic habit, epigraphic culture, epigraphic curve: statement of the problem 1
ByKrzysztof Nawotka

chapter 1|21 pages

The epigraphic curve in Boiotia

ByŁukasz Szeląg

chapter 2|16 pages

The epigraphic curve at Delphi 1

ByDominika Grzesik

chapter 3|13 pages

Epigraphic culture in Olympia

ByPaulina Komar

chapter 4|21 pages

The epigraphic curve in the Black Sea region

A case study from North-West Pontus
ByJoanna Porucznik

chapter 5|16 pages

The epigraphic curve in the Northern Black Sea region

A case study from Chersonesos and the Bosporan Kingdom 1
ByMichał Halamus

chapter 6|26 pages

Epigraphic curves in Western Asia Minor

The case studies of Miletos, Ephesos and Pergamon 1
ByKrzysztof Nawotka

chapter 7|22 pages

The epigraphic curve in Phrygia and its borderlands

ByNaomi Carless Unwin

chapter 8|18 pages

The epigraphic curve in the Levant

The case study of Phoenicia *
ByPiotr Głogowski

chapter 9|17 pages

The epigraphic curve in Egypt

The case study of Alexandria 1
ByAgnieszka Wojciechowska

chapter 10|14 pages

The epigraphic curve in the Fayum Oasis

ByJoanna Karolina Wilimowska

chapter |32 pages


One or many epigraphic cultures in the Eastern Mediterranean 1
ByKrzysztof Nawotka, Naomi Carless Unwin, Piotr Głogowski, Dominika Grzesik, Michał Halamus, Paulina Komar, Joanna Porucznik, Łukasz Szeląg, Joanna Karolina Wilimowska, Agnieszka Wojciechowska