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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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His own two books, each titled Peter the Great, exemplify this approach by focusing prosopographically on elite networks around Peter.
It is also important to compare, using a bottom-up approach, the two kinds of socialism in Brittany, which, as we have seen, were not always so different from each other when compared prosopographically. This method has enabled an analysis of trajectories, networks and identities and emphasising a characteristic of Breton socialism that is similar to a social democracy of elected local representatives.
think there are good reasons to examine these people prosopographically,