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Epigraphy and the Media

Isabel Rodà

in Epigraphy and the Historical Sciences

Published by British Academy

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780197265062
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754173 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197265062.003.0009

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Epigraphy and the Media

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Those with responsibilities for the display of inscriptions in museums and other public places have in recent years been addressing the challenge of how the riches of the ancient texts can be conveyed to a public with little or no knowledge of Latin or Greek. The choice of texts should not ignore the casual messages of daily life from graffiti and painted slogans, nor should the later ‘forgeries’ of ancient texts or the innocent errors of stonecutters be excluded. Electronic media can bring to life both ancient images and texts, and can help in presenting difficult or incomplete texts. Inscriptions speak directly from the remote past, and meeting the challenge of transmitting their messages to the modern visitor will certainly repay the effort.

Keywords: museums; inscriptions; exhibitions; modern inscriptions; electronic display

Chapter.  10973 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical History

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