The contribution aims to delineate, in the light of the longue durée of the Epigraphic Database Bari project (EDB), some main issues that, even if particularly urgent in terms of Late Roman and Christian epigraphy, involved also other projects and digital epigraphy as a whole (including Byzantine and Western Medieval epigraphy). The first question involves the ways to model and describe close relationships between inscriptions and their spatial contexts; the second has to do with the different ways to record within digital archives ‘aberrant’ textual forms (not exclusive to late ancient epigraphy) and queries linked to the history of languages, and to define the different instruction levels of the patrons; the third question concerns the more urgent issue of the ‘visual’ features of the inscriptions: images, signs and marks, but also the lettering itself, which was a powerful tool of communication available also to illiterates, surely the majority of the ancient and Late Antique ‘audience’ of epigraphic texts.
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|Titolo:||Inscriptions by Christians in Late Antique Rome. Some Issues and Perspectives for the Epigraphic Database Bari (EDB)|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2021|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||2.1 Contributo in volume (Capitolo o Saggio)|