prosopography[präs′ə päg′rə fē]
prosopography definition by Webster's New World
the study of careers, esp. of individuals linked by family, economic, social, or political relationships
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- prosopographical adjective
prosopography definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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).
Origin: Greek prosōpon, character (pros-, pros- + ōps, ōp-, face; see okw- in Indo-European roots) + -graphy.
- prosˌo·po·graphˈi·cal adjective