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IOSPE multi-part inscriptions

Page history last edited by Gabriel Bodard 3 years, 3 months ago

Multi-part inscriptions in IOSPE

 

There are broadly three categories of inscription that need to be encoded in multiple parts:

 

  1. One object (whether a single stone or constructed of many blocks) bearing several discrete texts, that may or may not have been composed and/or inscribed at different times and by different authors/hands, but are considered to be different texts (may differ in date, category, or epigraphic field).
  2. A single text or groups of connected texts, either written across multiple objects, or now broken into several (generally not immediately joining) parts or fragments, which may have different excavation histories, dimensions, materials, inventory numbers, or modern locations/repositories).
  3. A single text on a now-fragmented but joined support, which only needs a single text and object description, but individual fragments may have dimensions or inventory numbers recorded.
  4. (The fourth case of multiple texts on a now-fragmented and incomplete support or series of supports is a complex combination of the above types, and current solutions to this are not entirely satisfactory, so it will not be addressed here.)

 

To discuss the different solutions to encoding the historical and descriptive information (aka "metadata" or "header data") about such texts, it is worth first recapping the structure of "header data" in an edition of a single inscription. (IOSPE fields in bold.)

 

<msDesc>
   <msIdentifier><repository></repository><idno></idno></msIdentifier>
   <physDesc>
      <objectDesc>
         <supportDesc>
            <support>

              <material></material>
              <objectType></objectType>

               <dimensions></dimensions>

           </support>
        </supportDesc>
        <layoutDesc><layout></layout></layoutDesc>
      </objectDesc>
      <handDesc><handNote></handNote></handDesc>
   </physDesc>
   <history>
      <origin>
         <origPlace></origPlace>
         <origDate>
</origDate>
      </origin>
      <provenance type="found"></provenance>
      <provenance type="observed"></provenance>
   </history>
</msDesc>

 

1. One object, many texts

 

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