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  • Aimeric
  • Aimeric de Belenoi
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  • Association Internationale d'Etudes Occitanes
  • Introduction to Old Occitan
  • La Littérature occitane du Moyen Age
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Attribute Property or Relationship describing an Object such as an Entity or Value. Attributes can be spelled out as a sentence with a Subject, verb clause, and one or more Modifiers. For example: Peire D'Alvernhe Person Created Chantarai d'aquestz Information.

Attributes are themselves Objects and may be described by other Attributes. An Attribute describing another Attribute is called a Meta-Attribute. For example: Bibliographie der Troubadours Information Asserts Peire D'Alvernhe Person Created Chantarai d'aquestz Information.
Date Date Value in the format Year/Month/Day such as 1194/12/31 Date.
Entity Unique Object of type Person, Organization, Information, or Media. Entities are typically referred to by proper nouns such as Aimeric Person, University of Hawaii Organization, Chantarai d'aquestz Information, or MS A Media.
Format Structured set of components that organize the Values in a Property. A Property may support several different Formats, each of which can include one or more Components. For example the "Date, Birth" Property supports two Formats: a "Date, Certain" Format which includes a single Date component that can be used when the date is known exactly to the day, and a "Date, Uncertain" Format which includes separate Earliest and Latest Date components that define a range when the date is known only approximately.
Information Abstract content such as a poem, vida, or secondary reference.
Media Physical medium such as a manuscript, folio, or book.
Modifier The Modifier in an Attribute is an Object which provides information about the Attribute's Subject. See Subject for more.
Number Numeric value such as 1 Number, 2 Number, or 1000 Number.
Object Everything in the Trobar database is an Object. Objects come in several types within 3 major categories: Entity, Value, and Attribute. Most of the information in Trobar is made up of Attribute Objects that describe Entity Objects by associating them with other Value or Entity Objects. Clicking on any Object opens a page that provides detailed information about that Object. Objects are color-coded by Type for easy identification. See Type for more information about Object Types.
Oranization Organization such as a library, school, or publisher.
Person Person such as a troubadour, noble, or scholar.
Property Attribute that describes an Entity by associating it with one or more Values. For example: Peire D'Alvernhe Person Date, Birth 1194/12/31 Date
Relationship Attribute that describes an Entity by relating it to another Entity. For example: Peire D'Alvernhe Person Created Chantarai d'aquestz Information.
Subject The Subject of an Attribute is typically an Entity which is described by association with one or more other Modifier Objects.

A Property typically includes an Entity Subject and one or more Value Modifiers. For example the Entity Peire D'Alvernhe Person is the Subject and the Value 1194/12/31 Date is the Modifier in the Property: Peire D'Alvernhe Person Date, Birth 1194/12/31 Date.

A Relationship typically includes an Entity Subject and an Entity Modifier. For example the Entity Peire D'Alvernhe Person is the Subject and the Entity Chantarai d'aquestz Information is the Modifier in the Relationship: Peire D'Alvernhe Person Created Chantarai d'aquestz Information.

The role of Subject in a Relationship depends on the direction in which the Attribute is read. For example Chantarai d'aquestz Information is the Subject when the preceding Relationship is read in reverse: Chantarai d'aquestz Information Created by Peire D'Alvernhe Person.
Text Text value such as a name, adjective, or description
Type Objects come in several Types that form a hierarchy:


You can filter by Type when performing an advanced search. An object's Type also determines which types of Attribute it may have. For example an Object of Type Person can be the Subject of a Property and can participate in a Relationship, whereas an Object of Type Number might be the Modifier in a Property describing a Person.
Value Object of type Text, Number, or Date. Values are typically referred to by common nouns such as Trobador Text, 100 Number, or 1194/12/31 Date.