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Image to InterpretationAn Intelligent System to Aid Historians in Reading the Vindolanda Texts$
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Melissa Terras

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199204557

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199204557.001.0001

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How do Papyrologists Read Ancient Texts?

How do Papyrologists Read Ancient Texts?

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(p.27) 2 How do Papyrologists Read Ancient Texts?
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Image to Interpretation
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Melissa M. Terras (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199204557.003.0002

This chapter provides an overview of research that questions how papyrologists may read ancient documents, and presents the knowledge elicitation methodology used with the experts who read the Vindolanda texts to ascertain their thought processes when approaching a text. The process of reading and making sense of an ancient text is resolved into defined units, with characteristics about each being documented. General procedural information about the ‘papyrology process’ is also presented. Particular issues regarding problems in reading the Vindolanda stylus texts are highlighted, indicating areas in which computational tools may be able to aid the papyrologists in reading such texts. This results in a proposed model of how experts read ancient documents, which is used in subsequent chapters as a basis for the development of a computer system.

Keywords:   papyrology, ancient text, reading, translating, transcribing, knowledge elicitation, artificial intelligence

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