Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Europeana EAGLE Project Stories

Europeana EAGLE Project Stories
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In the EAGLE project, we believe that every inscription has a story to tell! It is thanks to inscriptions that we are informed of several details of the every-day life in Antiquity; inscriptions can be used to open a window on our past and start a fascinating journey among men that lived in Europe thousands of years ago. For instance, would you like to know how people used to celebrate victories in the most important national athletic and cultural competitions of Athens? Or how dangerous it was to cross the Alps travelling from Italy to the city of Emona (actual Slovenia) in the Roman times?

This is the kind of stories that we’d like to collect from our audience, and this is where our Storytelling App comes to help! A story is a narrative that can be enhanced by all the multimedia content that can help the readers (especially the non-specialists) understand and contextualize the words of the text. Furthermore, we should never forget that an inscription is a beautiful multimedia object! Therefore, we want to enable our authors to insert pictures and other  representations to help your audience imagine what the visual impact of the inscribed monument was and still is.

Lucio da Treviri

*** [D(is) M(anibus)] et memoriae aetern(ae) L(uci) Secundius Octavi Treveri acerbissima morte defuncti qui cum ex incendio seminudus effugisset posthabita[...]
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An Inscription in Daglingworth

In August 2013 we went looking for some inscriptions among which this one. Getting to the place wasn’t easy. But we arrived[...]
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The Trophy of the battle of Platea

Sulthanamet Square in Istanbul hosts part of one of the most important monuments survived from ancient times: the trophy of the[...]
  This is the story of a young quaestor, Lucius Quinctius, who held the post during the first Punic War.[...]
Lucio Cassio Filippo, his wife Atilia Pomptilla together with Filippo’s father were exiled to Sardinia by the Emperor Nero, probably because they were opponents of his power. They spent their lives in Karalis (modern Cagliari). Pomptilla and Filippo, in spite of their condition, lived happily together for 42 years, unfortunately Filippo fell seriously ill during the exile (because of malaria, a common disease because of the unhealthy environment in some places of the ancient Sardinia) and his faithful wife, so in love with him, asked the Gods to let her die instead of her husband. Even if it seems impossible, her prayers were fulfilled: Filippo healed and she suddenly died as in the myth of Alcestis. Filippo also died a little later and his ashes were preserved close to his wife’s. The incredible story of this love is witnessed by the inscriptions of the so called “Viper’s Cave”.

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