EpiDoc is an international, collaborative effort that provides guidelines and tools for encoding scholarly and educational editions of ancient documents. These pages are the EpiDoc Guidelines produced by the collaborative. In addition, the EpiDoc Website provides access to other tools and collaboration environments supported by the collaborative.
EpiDoc specifies a subset of the Text Encoding Initiative's standard for the representation of texts in digital form using the Extensible Markup Language (XML), a technical standard promulgated by the World-Wide Web Consortium. It addresses not only the transcription and editorial preparation of the texts themselves, but also the history, materiality and metadata of the objects on which the texts appear.
These Guidelines contain descriptions of the textual, descriptive, and other features expressed with EpiDoc, as well as the TEI elements and attributes used to encode them. The pages below provide a number of entry points into the full documentation, via a series of thematic indexes into the content of the Guidelines, rather than a single "table of contents" reflecting a (nonexistent) ordered, hierarchical document structure.
- How to use the EpiDoc Guidelines (bg) (de) (es) (fi) (fr) (it)
- Overview of EpiDoc structure
- EpiDoc homepage on SourceForge
Tables of contents by transcription style:
- Text transcription and descriptive data following PETRAE
- Text transcription following DDbDP
- Descriptive data following APIS
- Text transcription following Krummrey-Panciera 1980
- Text transcription following Panciera 1991
- Descriptive data following HGV
- Text transcription in Egyptology
- Text transcription following Oracc
- Text transcription following CEIPAC
- Gentle Introduction to Mark-up for Epigraphers (bg) (de) (es) (fi) (fr) (it)
- Glossary (bg) (es) (fi) (fr) (it)
- Index of TEI elements
Externally maintained guidelines for specialized communities:
- EpiDoc Leiden Cheatsheet (used in training workshops)
- EpiDoc Structure Cheatsheet (used in training workshops)
- Papyri.info EpiDoc/Leiden+ help and examples
- Telamon EpiDoc Guidelines (Bulgarian)
- Digital Fragmenta Historicum Graecorum encoding guidelines (Monica Berti et al., Leipzig)
- Local Guidelines from King's College London (InsAph, InsLib, IOSPE projects)
- TEI Encoding in Egyptology and Coptology (Daniel Werning, HU Berlin)You can also download a zipped copy of the latest Guidelines from our Files section if you need to use them offline.
You can consult previous versions of the Guidelines in the Archive area of the Files section.
To cite the EpiDoc Guidelines, please use the following information:
Tom Elliott, Gabriel Bodard, Elli Mylonas, Simona Stoyanova, Charlotte Tupman, Scott Vanderbilt, et al. (2007-2017), EpiDoc Guidelines: Ancient documents in TEI XML (Version 8). Available: http://www.stoa.org/epidoc/gl/latest/.
Responsibility for this section
- Gabriel Bodard, author
- Elli Mylonas, author
- Tom Elliott, author
- Simona Stoyanova, author
- Charlotte Tupman, author