The EAGLE Storytelling Application is a web-based tool designed to allow users to create multimedia narratives on epigraphic content and share them on the web.

You can browse, search and read the stories from the Access Page.

There, you will find a list of all the stories that our authors have published. The list is split across many pages, and only the most recent are displayed in the Access Page. Scroll to the bottom of the page to navigate to the other pages.

When you find a story you like, click on the title to access the full content. Here are some ideas for you: would you like to know how the rich patrons celebrated the victories of their sponsored performer in Ancient Athens? Or would you like to assist to a playful discussion between an inn-keepr and a patron in Isernia?

If you want to learn how to find the story that is right for you, read on! If you want to become an author, you will find all the information right here.

Search and filter the stories

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The search and filter menus provide you with useful shortcuts to identify the stories that interest you the most.

Use the text field in the right-hand column to search for some text in the stories. Try, e.g., to retrieve all the stories that include the word “Roman” in the title or text!

You can also use the Filter widget (on the right-hand column) to restrict the list to stories that satisfy one or more criteria. Click on one of the keyword in the keyword word-cloud, or select an author from the author list to set the filter(s). Once you’re ready, click on the Search button to visualize the stories that match your filtering criteria.

The third filter, Filter by Europeana ID, adds a further capability. Would you like to know how many stories features a specific object from the Europeana digital collection? Simply enter the Europeana ID of the item and trigger the search.

These filters can be activated from within each story. Have you just found a story that you like and would you like to read more from the same author or on the same subject? Click on the author’s name or on the keyword right below the story title. A list of the related stories (using the same keyword or written by the same author will be displayed to you).


Multimedia content within stories

Once you access the full content of each stories you’ll see that the authors have embedded excerpts and items from popular digital repositories for cultural heritage or the ancient world. In fact, the Storytelling App makes it easier for authors to search and add these objects within the stories. Readers can enjoy this content and use it to explore the world of EAGLE even further!

By default, all the embedded contents (excerpts from Wikipedia pages, interactive maps or objects from the EAGLE collection or Europeana) are displayed in a compact view. By clicking on the buttons, an excerpt can be expanded (downward arrow at the bottom of the item) and visualized in its original web page (the eye icon on the top-right corner). Finally, you can search for all the stories that embed the same item in our EAGLE collection.

Try it yourself! Here is a map of Berlin. When you expand it using the downward arrow, the interactive map will become available for browsing!

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Here is an inscription from the huge EAGLE collection.

hic infans qui hic positus est no/mine Marcianus vixit ann(is) VII dieb(us) / XLIIII hor(is) noctis IIII / extinctum puerum crudeli funere plango / occidit infelix spes artis maxima flave / cuius per occasu(m) perit palestre voluptas / cuius et ipse dolens immitem defleo sortem / Felicio et Ammias filio / innocentissimo
Rights Reserved - Free Access via Epigraphic Database Bari

Inscription from Rome, Coem. Domitillae pars superior - ICVR III, 7697

  • Trismegistos-Id: 312901
  • Material: marmor
  • Type: tafel
  • inscriptionType: sepulcralis
  • conservationPlace: Roma, Italy
  • originDating: 0350 AD - 0399 AD
  • findingSpotAncient: Rome
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  • entityType: visual
  • Repository: Epigraphic Dabatase Bari

And finally, here is a Wikipedia page: the first paragraph of the embedded voice from the free encyclopedia is reported. Of course, by clicking on the eye you can continue reading the page in its original context.



  • Epigraphy (from Ancient Greek ἐπιγραφή (epigraphḗ) 'inscription') is the study of inscriptions, or epigraphs, as writing; it is the science of identifying graphemes, clarifying their meanings, classifying their uses according to dates and cultural contexts, and drawing conclusions about the writing and the writers. Specifically excluded from epigraphy are the historical significance of an epigraph as a document and the artistic value of a literary composition. A person using the methods of epigraphy is called an epigrapher or epigraphist. For example, the Behistun inscription is an official document of the Achaemenid Empire engraved on native rock at a location in Iran. Epigraphists are responsible for reconstructing, translating, and dating the trilingual inscription and finding any relevant circumstances. It is the work of historians, however, to determine and interpret the events recorded by the inscription as document. Often, epigraphy and history are competences practised by the same person. Epigraphy is a primary tool of archaeology when dealing with literate cultures. The US Library of Congress classifies epigraphy as one of the auxiliary sciences of history. Epigraphy also helps identify a forgery: epigraphic evidence formed part of the discussion concerning the James Ossuary.

    An epigraph (not to be confused with epigram) is any sort of text, from a single grapheme (such as marks on a pot that abbreviate the name of the merchant who shipped commodities in the pot) to a lengthy document (such as a treatise, a work of literature, or a hagiographic inscription). Epigraphy overlaps other competences such as numismatics or palaeography. When compared to books, most inscriptions are short. The media and the forms of the graphemes are diverse: engravings in stone or metal, scratches on rock, impressions in wax, embossing on cast metal, cameo or intaglio on precious stones, painting on ceramic or in fresco. Typically the material is durable, but the durability might be an accident of circumstance, such as the baking of a clay tablet in a conflagration.

    The character of the writing, the subject of epigraphy, is a matter quite separate from the nature of the text, which is studied in itself. Texts inscribed in stone are usually for public view and so they are essentially different from the written texts of each culture. Not all inscribed texts are public, however: in Mycenaean Greece the deciphered texts of "Linear B" were revealed to be largely used for economic and administrative record keeping. Informal inscribed texts are "graffiti" in its original sense.

    The study of ideographic inscriptions, that is inscriptions representing an idea or concept, may also be called ideography. The German equivalent Sinnbildforschung was a scientific discipline in the Third Reich, but was later dismissed as being highly ideological. Epigraphic research overlaps with the study of petroglyphs, which deals with specimens of pictographic, ideographic and logographic writing. The study of ancient handwriting, usually in ink, is a separate field, palaeography. Epigraphy also differs from iconography, as it confines itself to meaningful symbols containing messages, rather than dealing with images.

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And there’s more!

Our app is still in progress! More content will become available for authors and new features will be offered to enrich our stories.

Keep an eye on our latest developments. A reader of EpiDoc-compliant digital inscriptions is our newest experiment.

So, would you like to become one of our authors? Read here to discover how to compose your stories!