Image to Interpretation: An Intelligent System to Aid Historians in Reading the Vindolanda Texts

Hardcover | October 19, 2006

byMelissa Terras

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The ink and stylus tablets discovered at the Roman fort of Vindolanda are a unique resource for scholars of ancient history. However, the stylus tablets in particular are extremely difficult to read. This book details the development of what appears to be the first system constructed to aidexperts in the process of reading an ancient document, exploring the extent to which techniques from Artificial Intelligence can be used to develop a system that could aid historians in reading the stylus texts. Image to Interpretation includes a model of how experts read ancient texts, a corporaof letter forms from the Vindolanda text corpus, and a detailed description of the architecture of the system. It will be of interest to papyrologists, researchers in Roman history and palaeography, computer and engineering scientists working in the field of Artificial Intelligence and imageprocessing, and those interested in the use of computing in the humanities.

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The ink and stylus tablets discovered at the Roman fort of Vindolanda are a unique resource for scholars of ancient history. However, the stylus tablets in particular are extremely difficult to read. This book details the development of what appears to be the first system constructed to aidexperts in the process of reading an ancient ...

Melissa Terras is Lecturer in Electronic Communication, School of Library, Archive and Information Studies, University College London.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.79 inPublished:October 19, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199204551

ISBN - 13:9780199204557

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. How Do Papyrologists Read Ancient Texts? Knowledge Elicitation and the Papyrologist (1)3. The Palaeography of Vindolanda. Knowledge Elicitation and the Papyrologist (2)4. Paul Robertson (co-author): Image to Interpretation (1). Using Artificial Intelligence to Read the Vindolanda Texts5. Paul Robertson (co-author): Image to Interpretation (2). Results6. Conclusion