A New Method for Studying the Lettering of Inscriptions from Ancient Macedonia Using Modern Information Technology
P. M .Nigdelis1, N. K. Vouronikou2*, P. Anagnostoudis3, I. Tallis4, P. Tokmakidis5
1 Prof. in Ancient History, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, email@example.com
2 PhD Candidate, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, firstname.lastname@example.org
3 PhD Candidate, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, email@example.com
4 Dr. in Cultural Informatics, University of the Aegean, Greece, firstname.lastname@example.org
5 PhD Candidate, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, email@example.com
This paper presents the methodological background and initial results of the research work carried out as part of an ongoing project, co-financed by the Greek Government and the European Union (MIS 5004509). Although ancient Greek epigraphy is an important tool for the advancement of historical research and has repeatedly demonstrated its potential for invigorating classical studies, the use of inscriptions as source material often poses particular problems for epigraphists and researchers alike, especially when the text does not provide reliable chronological criteria other than the style of lettering and letter form. Recognizing the importance of photographs of securely datable inscriptions for the study of Greek epigraphy, the project aims at collecting photographic illustrations for as many securely dated inscriptions from ancient Macedonia as possible and integrating the material into an easy-to-use epigraphic database. The usefulness of the database for the study of lettering in Ancient Macedonia from the 4th century B.C.E onwards is presented with particular regard to the so-called First Macedonian District.
Keywords: Greek epigraphy, ancient Macedonia, inscriptions, palaeography, cultural informatics, epigraphic database.
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