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Byzantine Epigraphy for the 21st Century

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInscriptions in Byzantium and Beyond
EditorsAndreas Rhoby
Place of PublicationVienna
PublisherVerlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften
Pages115-120
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9783700178064
ISBN (Print)9783700176749
StatePublished - 2015

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NameVeröffentlichung zur Byzanzforschung
Volume38

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Abstract

The publication of inscriptions has been evolving over the last couple of centuries. The nineteenth century saw progression from individual copies to the great corpora; the twentieth century saw the extensive use of photography, and fuller descriptions of context, both material and intellectual. These developments improved the quality of publications, but created problems of scale; editors trying to manage the enormous volume of material were forced to create categories to allow them to select material, and Byzantine inscriptions have frequently been relegated to appendices or omitted. In the twenty-first century the development of digital publication is offering an opportunity to reunite materials which have been separated by categorisation or location, and for experts to collaborate in new ways: a collaborative online corpus of Byzantine inscriptions, contributed by a range of experts, and covering many geographical areas, could be a scholarly model for other fields.

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