Chi-Rho (☧)

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The chi-rho symbol, whether representing a ligature of χρ, a monogram for Christ, or a generic Christian logo.

Traditional typographic representation

EpiDoc Encoding

  1. <seg cert="high" part="N"><orig>☧</orig><reg><hi rend="ligature">χρ</hi></reg></seg>ήματα
  2. <expan><abbr><seg cert="high" part="N"><orig>☧</orig> <reg><mark type="chirho" rend="☧" /></reg> <reg><hi rend="ligature">Χρ</hi></reg></seg></abbr><supplied reason="abbreviation" cert="high">ist</supplied></expan>ofer
  3. <expan><abbr><orig><orig>☧</orig></orig></abbr><supplied reason="abbreviation" cert="high">Christ</supplied></expan>ofer
  4. <seg cert="high" part="N"><orig>☧</orig></seg> (as, e.g., at the head of a Christian Latin epitaph where the editor has reason to believe it was not necessarily understood as an abbreviation for the word Ch<supplied reason="abbreviation" cert="high">ristos</supplied> but simply as a symbol of the Christian faith)

EpiDoc appearance with standard XSLT

Notes

The distinctive ☧ can be interpreted and rendered in at least three different ways. Since several Unicode characters closely represent the symbol—no. 2627 (Greek chi rho), 2CE9 (Coptic chi rho), and no. 2CE8 (Coptic tau rho—similar to the vertical cross chi rho)--it can be easily represented in either of its characteristic forms as a single character (☧, ⳩, ⳨), or it can be rendered as a ligature ☧, or it can be spelled out ("chi-rho"). Similarly, as ☧ is used in ancient texts, it can be understood in at least three different ways‹as a simple ligature, as an abbreviation, and as a symbol (as in the examples above).

For example: [xp]hmata = ligature [xp](isto)fer = abbreviation [xp] = symbol (as, e.g., at the head of a Christian Latin epitaph where the editor has reason to believe it was not originally understood as an abbreviation for the word Ch(ristos) but simply as a symbol of the Christian faith)

As always, the issues of semantic markup and rendering (output) are independent and can be used in conjunction with each other to represent an editor's interpretation of the {xp} in context in whatever fashion is preferred. The simplest way to ensure consistent indexing and rendering within a text (or series of texts) in which more than one of the interpretations occurs is to embed within each semantic encoding of the {xp} the full string of possible representations, and to have the xsl stylesheet render each systematically according to its semantic interpretation. For example, the ligature might be represented as {xp lig], the abbreviaton as (chi-rho), and the symbol as {xp}.

Questions and issues

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CVS Information

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