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 portable 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: Real Animals. Iconographical record of rep-tiles (e.g. snake, lizard), real animals (e.g. deer, eagle, ibis), and "pseudo-ophiomorphic" species (e.g. eel, octopus).
Chapter 2: Fantastic Creatures. Iconographical record of imaginary herpetomorphs (e.g. ophiopods), ichthyomorphs (e.g. ketos), ornithomorphs, theriomorphs, and phytomorphs.
Chapter 3: Deities & Spirits. Iconographical record of deities (e.g. Apollo, Asclepios, Athena, Bes) and nature spirits and personifications (e.g. Aegyptos, Hypsas, Tiberinus).
Chapter 4: Heroes & Victims. Iconographical record of monster slayers (e.g. Heracles), victims (e.g. Opheltes), bene-ficiaries (e.g. Iamos), and other characters (e.g. Triptolemos).
Chapter 5: Notables & Anonyms. Iconographical record of historical figures (e.g. Alexander the Great, Olympias) and anonymous and "mystery" personages (e.g. Lancer, Reaper).
Chapter 6: Objects & Symbols. Iconographical record of ophiomorphic objects (e.g. aegis, caduceus) and other items, associated with ophiomorphs (e.g. altar, bow, cista mystica).
Each chapter constitutes a unique (inter-)section of the compendium and consists of various numbers of articles, each focused on a specific subject.