What’s an epigraph?
It’s a quotation at the beginning of a book, or sometimes the beginning of each chapter, and it gives an idea of what the theme is. A common epigraph is a Scripture quotation.
A scriptural epigraph looks like this:
But the greatest of these is love.
—1 Corinthians 13:14 (NIV)
To format an epigraph,
- indent one tab
- do not adjust right margin
- no quotation marks needed
- end mark punctuation follows the end of the quotation
- source information should be the line after the quote and flush right
- place em dash (long dash) before source information
- do not abbreviate books of the Bible
- use italics or a different font from your main font for the entire epigraph
- follow usual documentation but put only the Bible translation in parentheses