Epigraphic Database Heidelberg

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Epigraphische Datenbank Heidelberg (EDH)


Director: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. G�za Alf�ldy


(from the EDH web-site)

The aim of the project Epigraphic Database Heidelberg (EDH) is to integrate Latin inscriptions from all parts of the Roman Empire into an extensive database. Since 2004 Greek inscriptions from the same chronological timespan are also being entered. It consists of three databases the Epigraphic database, the Epigraphic Bibliography and the Photographic Database. It exists at an international level alongside other database projects, which serve as a working tool for the swift and simple collection, viewing, supplementing and interdisciplinary analysis of epigraphic material. Furthermore it is possible to the create KWIC indices and to combine the stored information as freely as possible

At present, the Epigraphic database contains over 36.000 inscriptions and thus includes most of the especially noteworthy inscriptions published outside the main editions. In contrast to similar projects, the database presents revised and often corrected versions. Control of this sort is above all necessary in the case of earlier publications, which do not fulfill the standards of modern textual editorial practice. Moreover, the database is not confined to the mere texts, but links them to all the available bibliographical data and information on the inscriptions proper and on the monuments or objects they are inscribed upon. Time-consuming though it is, by means of this method of working the database meets high scholarly demands.