Cretan Institutional Inscriptions

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  • Irene Vagionakis


The database Cretan Institutional Inscriptions has been created as part of a PhD research project carried out at the University of Venice Ca’ Foscari (supervisors: Claudia Antonetti and Gabriel Bodard).

The database, built by using the EpiDoc Front-End Services (EFES) platform, collects the EpiDoc editions of the Greek inscriptions pertaining to the Cretan institutions of the period between the rise of the poleis and the Roman conquest of the island (VII-I cent. BC), with insights into the political entities of Crete and their institutional elements.

The main component of the database consists of the epigraphic collection of the 600 inscriptions shedding light on the institutional elements of the many political entities of Crete, for each of which an XML edition compliant with the TEI EpiDoc international standard was created. Each EpiDoc edition includes a descriptive and a bibliographic lemma, the text of the inscription, a selective apparatus criticus and a commentary focused on the institutional data offered by the document. The epigraphic collection, which comes with six thematic indices (lemmata, places, personal names, persons, divinities, institutions), is searchable and browsable according to a variety of combinable filters. In addition to the epigraphic collection, the database includes a collection of the main related literary sources, a catalogue of the attested Cretan institutions (assemblies, boards, officials, associations, civic subdivisions, social statuses, age classes, months, festivities and other celebrations, institutional practices, institutional instruments, public spaces) and a catalogue of the political entities of Crete (poleis, koina, dependent communities, extra-urban sanctuaries, hegemonic alliances), with a view to highlighting the specificity of each context.