Published December 6, 2023 | Version 4
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EpiSearch. Identifying Ancient Inscriptions in Epigraphic Manuscripts

  • 1. Department of Humanities, Venice Centre for Digital and Public Humanities (VeDPH), Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy
  • 2. Institute for Computational Linguistics "A. Zampolli", (CNR-ILC) & Venice Centre for Digital and Public Humanities (VeDPH), DSU, Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy
  • 3. University of Udine, Ca' Foscari University of Venice and VeDPH, Italy



Epigraphic documents are an essential source of evidence for our knowledge of the ancient world. Nonetheless, a significant number of inscriptions have not been preserved in their material form. In fact, their texts can only be recovered thanks to handwritten materials and, in particular, the so-called epigraphic manuscripts. EpiSearch is a pilot project that explores the application of digital technologies deployed to retrieve the epigraphic evidence found in these sources. The application of Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) to epigraphic manuscripts is a challenging task, given the nature and graphic layout of these documents. Yet, our research shows that, even with some limits, HTR technologies can be used successfully. 



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