prosopography \pros-uh-POG-ruh-fee\, noun:

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.

Prosopography ultimately originates in the combination of the Greek roots prosopon, “face, or person,” and graphia, “writing of.”

If I ever had 10 years to spare, I would gladly spend them on a prosopography of Fyodor Dostoyevsky.


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