Titles, offices, political posts, honorifics, occupations

Tagging of different types of offices, posts, and other titles in the transcribed text or elsewhere, usually for the purposes of indexing or searching the corpus.

There are two broad methods for generating indices of titles, occupations and the like in an EpiDoc edition:

(1) Using a defined list of lemmatized words, and drawing these from the general word list (assuming words are lemmatized in the first place). A specific indexer could pull terms such as consul, comes, beneficarius, quaestor, ἀρχών, εὐτυχὴς, σχολαστικός into themed indices of titles and the like. If words are explicitly lemmatized in the text (as in the example below, using the lemma attribute of the <w> element) no extra encoding is needed; alternatively the lemmata might be pulled from a list generated from the texts by a tool such as Morpheus.

<w lemma="consul">
 <expan>
  <abbr>co</abbr>
  <ex>n</ex>
  <abbr>s</abbr>
  <ex>ul</ex>
 </expan>
</w>

(2) Another more explicit way to tag titulature in a transcribed text might be to use the <rs> element with a defined type attribute, to encode arbitrary categories of terms and keywords within the text, regardless of their language, spelling or expression. In this case, ideally a ref or key attribute would point to an authority list elsewhere in the project.

<rs type="officialkey="archon">ἀρχόντων</rs>
(InsAph: 12.644)

Responsibility for this section

  1. Simona Stoyanova, author
  2. Gabriel Bodard, author
Date: 2014-05-06