Structure of an EpiDoc edition

This section introduces the structure and shape of an EpiDoc edition, introducing the TEI P5 approach to manuscript description and history, the divisions in the body, etc.

Most of the features that most commonly occur in an epigraphic/papyrological edition are catered for by specific locations in an EpiDoc file. This document aims to give an overview of those locations. Individual pages in the Supporting Data section of the Guidelines will give more detailed information on each of these elements and features.

A relatively simple EpiDoc file containing descriptive and historical information about an inscription might look something like the following example. A version of this example, keyed to the latest version of the EpiDoc schema and suitable for use as a project template, may be downloaded from the EpiDoc website: ex-epidoctemplate.xml.

<TEI xml:space="preservexml:lang="en"
 xml:base="ex-epidoctemplate.xml" xmlns="">
    <teiHeader>         <fileDesc>             <titleStmt>                 <title>title of document</title>             </titleStmt>             <publicationStmt>                 <authority/>                 <idno type="filename"/>             </publicationStmt>             <sourceDesc>                 <msDesc>                     <msIdentifier>                         <repository>museum/archive</repository>                         <idno>inventory number</idno>                     </msIdentifier>                     <physDesc>                         <objectDesc>                             <supportDesc>                                 <support>description of object/monument (likely to include <material/>                                     and <objectType/> information, <dimensions/>, etc.)</support>                             </supportDesc>                             <layoutDesc>                                 <layout>description of text field/campus</layout>                             </layoutDesc>                         </objectDesc>                         <handDesc>                             <handNote>description of letters, possibly including <height>letter-heights</height>                             </handNote>                         </handDesc>                     </physDesc>                     <history>                         <origin>                             <origPlace>Place of origin</origPlace>                             <origDate>Date of origin</origDate>                         </origin>                         <provenance type="found"> Findspot and circumstances/context                         </provenance>                         <provenance type="observed">Modern location(s) (if different from repository, above)                         </provenance>                     </history>                 </msDesc>             </sourceDesc>         </fileDesc>     </teiHeader>     <facsimile>         <graphic url="photograph of text or monument"/>     </facsimile>     <text>         <body>             <div type="edition">                 <ab>Greek or Latin (etc.) text here</ab>             </div>             <div type="apparatus">                 <p>external apparatus criticus (if applicable)</p>             </div>             <div type="translation">                 <p>translation(s)</p>             </div>             <div type="commentary">                 <p>commentary</p>             </div>             <div type="bibliography">                 <p>bibliography of previous editions, discussion, etc.</p>             </div>         </body>     </text> </TEI>

Responsibility for this section

  1. Gabriel Bodard, Author

EpiDoc version: 8.20

Date: 2014-12-04