Epigraphic Landscape of Athens

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Taken from the project website (Accessed 2019-12-03):

The Epigraphic Landscape of Athens is

a project whose objective is to show the relationship between public inscriptions and urban space in ancient Athens.

It is a database

focused on the places of publication of the Athenian public inscriptions (i.e. documents issued from the late 6th century to Late Antiquity, and set up in the asty), grounding on the idea that urban spaces are able to complete, and even to enrich with further ideological or cultural overtones, the original message of the inscribed texts; and that these latter, with their very presence in the city, are able to produce a different sort of public space as 'written space'.

The Epigraphic Landscape of Athens project is funded by the Italian Ministry of Education and Research in the frame of the SIR Programme (Scientific Independence of young Researchers) 2014, and hosted by the Department of Historical Studies, University of Turin. The ELA Database is an open-access online resource aimed at providing to scholars a new research tool for a topographical study of the Athenian public inscriptions as communication media in the frame of The Epigraphic Landscape of Athens project.

For each document, the database records the place of original display, together with a series of other supplementary data. In addition to some basic information about the inscription (inventory number, main edition, chronology, text category, etc.), the database provides the findspot information (place, date and circumstances of discovery, etc.), a description of the epigraphic monument (shape, ornamentation, text layout, etc.), and a recording of the epigraphic formulae concerning the publication of the inscription. Through the Advanced Search the data recorded can be explored by selecting one filter at a time, or cross referenced by selecting multiple filters.