prosopography
noun Etymology: New Latin prosopographia, from Greek prosōpon person + -graphia -graphy Date: 1929 a study that identifies and relates a group of persons or characters within a particular historical or literary context • prosopographical adjective

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  • prosopography — [präs΄ə päg′rə fē] n. the study of careers, esp. of individuals linked by family, economic, social, or political relationships prosopographical [präs΄ə pə graf′i kəl] adj. * * * pros·o·pog·ra·phy (prŏs ə pŏgʹrə fē) n. A study, often using… …   Universalium

  • prosopography — [präs΄ə päg′rə fē] n. the study of careers, esp. of individuals linked by family, economic, social, or political relationships prosopographical [präs΄ə pə graf′i kəl] adj …   English World dictionary

  • Prosopography — In historical studies, prosopography is an investigation of the common characteristics of an historical group, whose individual biographies may be largely untraceable, by means of a collective study of their lives. Prosopographical research has… …   Wikipedia

  • prosopography — noun a study of the individuals in a group of people within a specific context and their relationships …   Wiktionary

  • prosopography — [ˌprɒsə(ʊ) pɒgrəfi] noun (plural prosopographies) a description of a person s appearance, personality, career, etc., or a collection of such descriptions. ↘the study of such descriptions, especially in Roman history. Derivatives prosopographer… …   English new terms dictionary

  • prosopography — pros·o·pog·ra·phy …   English syllables

  • prosopography — pros•o•pog•ra•phy [[t]ˌprɒs əˈpɒg rə fi[/t]] n. anh why the collective investigation, esp. in ancient history, of the careers of people involved in the same enterprise or affiliated by kinship • Etymology: 1925–30; < Gkprósōpo(n)face, person+… …   From formal English to slang

  • prosopography — The description of a person s appearance …   Grandiloquent dictionary

  • prosopography — /ˌprɒsəˈpɒgrəfi/ (say .prosuh pogruhfee) noun 1. the study of someone by means of such records as may exist in official records, newspapers, etc., of their offices, honours, relations and achievements; the assembling of a biography. 2. the… …   Australian English dictionary

  • prosopography — n. (pl. ies) 1 a description of a person s appearance, personality, social and family connections, career, etc. 2 the study of such descriptions, esp. in Roman history. Derivatives: prosopographer n. prosopographic adj. prosopographical adj.… …   Useful english dictionary

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