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A study, often using statistics, that identifies and draws relationships between various characters or people within a specific historical, social, or literary context: "an authentic tour de force of historical writing: part intellectual history, part cultural history, part prosopography" (Josiah Bunting III).

[Greek prosōpon, character; see prosopopeia + -graphy.]

pros′o·po·graph′i·cal (-pə-grăf′ĭ-kəl) adj.


1. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a description of a person's life and career
2. (Education) the study of such descriptions as part of history, esp Roman history
[C16: from New Latin prosopographia, from Greek prosōpon face, person + -graphy]
ˌprosoˈpographer n
prosopographical adj
ˌprosopoˈgraphically adv


(ˌprɒs əˈpɒg rə fi)
the collective investigation, esp. in ancient history, of the careers of people involved in the same enterprise or affiliated by kinship.
[1925–30; < Greek prósōpo(n) face, person + -graphy]
pros`o•pog′ra•pher, n.


1. a biographical sketch containing a description of a person’s appearance, qualities, and history.
2. a collection of such sketches. — prosopographer, n. See also facial features.
See also: History
1. Obsolete, a description of the face. See also history.
See also: Facial Features
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For Bailyn as prosopographer, see Bailyn, The New England Merchants in the Seventeenth Century (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1955).
The tone is set by Andrew Ayton in his "Military Service and the Dynamics of Recruitment in Fourteenth-Century England," a beautiful example of the prosopographer's art.
At heart, Rybalko is an antiquarian; a modern prosopographer and constructor of thematic historical narrative she is not.
Of many detailed monographs we can list Solin's delightful Namenpaare (1990) and now Salomies's study of that pervasive (and for prosopographers frustrating) phenomenon, the polyonymous nomenclature in the Roman Empire.