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Palaeography Collection

Palaeography is the study of ancient handwriting and scripts, allowing us to decipher and understand historical documents from centuries past

Background imagePalaeography Collection: Death of Icarus, 17th century (engraving)

Death of Icarus, 17th century (engraving)
3480613 Death of Icarus, 17th century (engraving); (add.info.: Death of Icarus. Engraving from Tableaux du temple des muses (1655) by Michel de Marolles (1600 - 1681)

Background imagePalaeography Collection: Representation of Romulus and Remus, the legendary founders of ancient Rome

Representation of Romulus and Remus, the legendary founders of ancient Rome
3480501 Representation of Romulus and Remus, the legendary founders of ancient Rome; (add.info.: Representation of Romulus and Remus, the legendary founders of ancient Rome)

Background imagePalaeography Collection: November represented as a priest from the cult of Isis

November represented as a priest from the cult of Isis
3480492 November represented as a priest from the cult of Isis; (add.info.: November represented as a priest from the cult of Isis)

Background imagePalaeography Collection: March and the onset of spring, represented as a hunter

March and the onset of spring, represented as a hunter
3480482 March and the onset of spring, represented as a hunter; (add.info.: March and the onset of spring, represented as a hunter)

Background imagePalaeography Collection: Representation of the goddess Juno

Representation of the goddess Juno
3480507 Representation of the goddess Juno; (add.info.: Representation of the goddess Juno. Illustration from supplement to L'antiquite expliquee et representee en figures'; (vols)

Background imagePalaeography Collection: Representation of the Vestal Virgins

Representation of the Vestal Virgins
3480506 Representation of the Vestal Virgins; (add.info.: Representation of the Vestal Virgins. Illustration from supplement to L'antiquite expliquee et representee en figures'; (vols)

Background imagePalaeography Collection: Representation of the seven days of the week and other facets of time

Representation of the seven days of the week and other facets of time
3480504 Representation of the seven days of the week and other facets of time; (add.info.: Representation of the seven days of the week and other facets of time)

Background imagePalaeography Collection: Faun or satyr, after a Roman statue

Faun or satyr, after a Roman statue
3480497 Faun or satyr, after a Roman statue; (add.info.: Faun or satyr, after a Roman statue. Illustration from supplement to L'antiquite expliquee et representee en figures'; (vols)

Background imagePalaeography Collection: Hercules as the lifter (supporter) of the World

Hercules as the lifter (supporter) of the World
3480495 Hercules as the lifter (supporter) of the World; (add.info.: Hercules as the lifter (supporter) of the World. Illustration from supplement to L'antiquite expliquee et representee en

Background imagePalaeography Collection: August represented as man holding a large dish of waters

August represented as man holding a large dish of waters
3480493 August represented as man holding a large dish of waters; (add.info.: August represented as man holding a large dish of waters)

Background imagePalaeography Collection: January depicted as a Roman Consul lighting an altar to Janus

January depicted as a Roman Consul lighting an altar to Janus
3480489 January depicted as a Roman Consul lighting an altar to Janus; (add.info.: January depicted as a Roman Consul lighting an altar to Janus)

Background imagePalaeography Collection: May, represented as a man carrying flowers

May, represented as a man carrying flowers
3480485 May, represented as a man carrying flowers; (add.info.: May, represented as a man carrying flowers. Illustration from supplement to L'antiquite expliquee et representee en figures';)

Background imagePalaeography Collection: Representation of the god Jupiter as a statue from Versailles

Representation of the god Jupiter as a statue from Versailles
3480505 Representation of the god Jupiter as a statue from Versailles; (add.info.: Representation of the god Jupiter as a statue from Versailles)

Background imagePalaeography Collection: Representation of the legend of Daedalus and Icarus, 1887

Representation of the legend of Daedalus and Icarus, 1887
3480502 Representation of the legend of Daedalus and Icarus, 1887; (add.info.: Representation of the legend of Daedalus and Icarus. Illustration from a publication dated 1887)

Background imagePalaeography Collection: In Roman mythology, Vertumnus is the god of seasons and plat growth

In Roman mythology, Vertumnus is the god of seasons and plat growth
3480498 In Roman mythology, Vertumnus is the god of seasons and plat growth; (add.info.: In Roman mythology, Vertumnus is the god of seasons and plat growth)

Background imagePalaeography Collection: Bacchus god of wine, after a Roman statue

Bacchus god of wine, after a Roman statue
3480496 Bacchus god of wine, after a Roman statue; (add.info.: Bacchus god of wine, after a Roman statue. Illustration from supplement to L'antiquite expliquee et representee en figures';)

Background imagePalaeography Collection: Mercury and the Bull (Taurus)

Mercury and the Bull (Taurus)
3480494 Mercury and the Bull (Taurus); (add.info.: Mercury and the Bull (Taurus). Illustration from supplement to L'antiquite expliquee et representee en figures'; (vols)

Background imagePalaeography Collection: September, depicted as a man sacrificing a lizard, representing harvest

September, depicted as a man sacrificing a lizard, representing harvest
3480490 September, depicted as a man sacrificing a lizard, representing harvest; (add.info.: September, depicted as a man sacrificing a lizard, representing harvest)

Background imagePalaeography Collection: February, represented as a woman symbolic of the onset of rain

February, represented as a woman symbolic of the onset of rain
3480484 February, represented as a woman symbolic of the onset of rain; (add.info.: February, represented as a woman symbolic of the onset of rain)

Background imagePalaeography Collection: April, represented as a man dancing before a statue of Venus

April, represented as a man dancing before a statue of Venus
3480483 April, represented as a man dancing before a statue of Venus; (add.info.: April, represented as a man dancing before a statue of Venus)

Background imagePalaeography Collection: Representations of Saturn (engraving)

Representations of Saturn (engraving)
3480488 Representations of Saturn (engraving); (add.info.: Representations of Saturn. Illustration from supplement to L'antiquite expliquee et representee en figures'; (vols)

Background imagePalaeography Collection: May, represented as a man carrying flowers

May, represented as a man carrying flowers
3480486 May, represented as a man carrying flowers; (add.info.: May, represented as a man carrying flowers. Illustration from supplement to L'antiquite expliquee et representee en figures';)

Background imagePalaeography Collection: Representation of Romulus and Remus, the legendary founders of ancient Rome

Representation of Romulus and Remus, the legendary founders of ancient Rome
3480500 Representation of Romulus and Remus, the legendary founders of ancient Rome; (add.info.: Representation of Romulus and Remus, the legendary founders of ancient Rome)

Background imagePalaeography Collection: Aeneas carrying his father as he flees the destruction of Troy

Aeneas carrying his father as he flees the destruction of Troy
3480499 Aeneas carrying his father as he flees the destruction of Troy; (add.info.: Aeneas carrying his father as he flees the destruction of Troy)

Background imagePalaeography Collection: October represented as a man pulling a hare from a basket

October represented as a man pulling a hare from a basket
3480491 October represented as a man pulling a hare from a basket; (add.info.: October represented as a man pulling a hare from a basket)

Background imagePalaeography Collection: August, represented as a nude man

August, represented as a nude man
3480487 August, represented as a nude man; (add.info.: August, represented as a nude man. Illustration from supplement to L'antiquite expliquee et representee en figures'; (vols)

Background imagePalaeography Collection: The Gospel according to St Peter (b / w photo)

The Gospel according to St Peter (b / w photo)
1038801 The Gospel according to St Peter (b/w photo) by English photographer, (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Gospel according to St Peter)

Background imagePalaeography Collection: Montfaucon, (1655-1741), 1830. Creator: Unknown

Montfaucon, (1655-1741), 1830. Creator: Unknown
Montfaucon, (1655-1741), 1830. Bernard de Montfaucon (1655-1741) French Benedictine monk and scholar disciplined in palaeography regarded as one of the founders of archaeology

Background imagePalaeography Collection: Bernard De Montfaucon, 1655 To 1741. French Benedictine Monk, Scholar And Archaeologist

Bernard De Montfaucon, 1655 To 1741. French Benedictine Monk, Scholar And Archaeologist. From Crabbs Historical Dictionary Published 1825


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Palaeography is the study of ancient handwriting and scripts, allowing us to decipher and understand historical documents from centuries past. Through this fascinating field, we can unlock the secrets of our ancestors' lives, beliefs, and cultures. By analyzing the strokes, shapes, and styles of letters in old manuscripts, palaeographers are able to piece together stories that have long been forgotten. It's like solving a puzzle where each letter is a clue to unraveling the mysteries of the past. Palaeography requires patience, attention to detail, and a keen eye for patterns in writing styles across different time periods and regions. It's a skill that bridges the gap between modern society and ancient civilizations, preserving their voices for future generations to hear. So next time you come across an old document or inscription with strange symbols and unfamiliar characters, remember that palaeography holds the key to unlocking its hidden messages.