Epigraphic Database Roma

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  • Director: Professor Silvio Panciera


The Epigraphic Database Roma (EDR) is a searchable resource that provides texts, bibliographic citations and descriptive data for Latin and Greek inscriptions from ancient Italy (including Sicily and Sardinia). As such, EDR forms an essential component of the Electronic Archive of Greek and Latin Epigraphy (EAGLE).

The project was founded by Silvio Panciera (then chair of Latin Epigraphy in the Facoltà di Scienze Umanistiche dell'Università di Roma - La Sapienza) in 1999, and put its first data online in 2003. The project has now branched out around the chair of Latin Epigraphy (now occupied by Silvia Orlandi), to comprise a network of partnerships throughout Italy that engage other universities, soprintendenze, organizations and independent scholars. Among the major units reporting progress at a 2008 meeting in Rome were the universities of Genova, Milano (Cattolica and Statale), Bergamo, Trieste, Ca' Foscari di Venezia, Macerata, Siena, Perugia, Napoli ("L'Orientale") and Bari.

As of October 2009, EDR contained texts for over 27,000 inscriptions. The current database and its interface permit users to discover content by searching on a combination of descriptive, bibliographic and full-text fields. The EDR interface is presented in Italian. It provides various helps for users, as well as information about the project, its history and collaborators. The web interface employs forms, which unfortunately makes it difficult to provide links to individual components of EDR. There does not seem to be any simple way to discover a stable URL that could be used to link to a single record.