HE COMPENDIUM focuses on iconographical (visual) records, with the textual component limited to brief descriptions and references.
The contents are divided into six specialized volumes, organized according to artistic medium or object function:
VOLUME I: SCULPTURES & RELEFS.
Selection of three-dimensional art objects: sculptures and reliefs in a variety of materials (stone, terracotta, bronze, wood, etc.).
VOLUME II: ADORNMENTS & TOOLS.
Selection of decorative art objects: jewellery, talismans, seals, and arma-ments in a variety of materials (gemstone, gold, ivory, etc.).
VOLUME III: COINS.
Selection of numismatic and exonumic objects: coins, contourniates, and medallions in a variety of materials (bronze, silver, electrum, gold, etc.).
VOLUME IV: VASES.
Selection of decorated vessels: vases,
urns, bottles, jugs, cups, bowls, and plates in a variety of materials (ceramic, bronze, silver, gold, glass, etc.).
VOLUME V: PAINTINGS & MOSAICS.
Selection of two-dimensional art objects: paintings, murals, and mosaics
in a variety of materials (encaustic, tempera, stone, etc.).
VOLUME VI: MANUSCRIPTS.
Selection of illuminated manuscripts: scrolls and codices in a variety of materials (papyrus, vellum, parchment, palm leaf, etc.).
Each volume is divided into six specialized chapters, based on the type of iconographical subject and the context:
Chapter 1: Reptiles & Amphibians. Iconographical record of reptiles (snakes, lizards, crocodilians, turtles) and amphibians (salamanders, frogs).
Chapter 2: Real Animals. Iconographical record of real animals (bulls, eagles, elephants, lions, etc.), associated with ophiomorphs, and "pseudo-ophiomorphic" species (octopus).
Chapter 3: Fantastic Creatures. Iconographical record of mythological herpetomorphs (serpents, etc.), ichthyomorphs (ketea, etc.), and ornithomorphs (gryphon, etc.).
Chapter 4: Deities & Spirits. Iconographical record of deities (Apollo, Asclepios, Athena, etc.), nature spirits (river-gods, nymphs), and personifications (Aegyptos, etc.).
Chapter 5: Heroes & Notables. Iconographical record of heroes (Cadmos, Heracles, Perseus, etc.), historical figures (Olympias, etc.), and anonymous personages (emperor, etc.).
Chapter 6: Objects & Symbols. Iconographical record of ophiomorphic objects (aegis, caduceus, etc.) and other items, associated with ophiomorphs (altar, bow, cista mystica, etc.).
Each chapter constitutes a unique (inter-)section of the compendium and consists of various numbers of articles, each focused on a specific subject.