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Monday, December 13, 2010

Definitions for prosopography

  1. A description of a person's appearance, career, personality, etc.
  2. A study of a collection of persons or characters, esp. their appearances, careers, personalities, etc., within a historical, literary, or social context.

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Citations for prosopography
See him deteriorate, I beg your pardon, demonstrate the grip, the stance, with all the zeal of prosopography, as he faces the pitcher, to demonstrate most unconvincingly, standing holding the bat limply in a fashion thought to be resolute, nothing deterred, just standing there facing the unseen pitcher. Perkins. Aidan Higgins, Flotsam & jetsam
Beyond the exemplary tone of Pliny's account, the epistle suggests that the question at hand was not merely academic for all the parties involved: if the received prosopography of the participants is accurate, the exchange between the historian and his subject did not take place long after the facts. Ilaria Marchesi, The art of Pliny's letters: a poetics of allusion in the private correspondence
Origin of prosopography
Prosopography ultimately originates in the combination of the Greek roots prosopon, "face, or person," and graphia, "writing of."