Latium Vetus

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Latium Vetus

Biblioteca Digitale delle Iscrizioni del Latium Vetus

Digital Library of the Inscriptions of Latium Vetus

By Monica Berti

Coordinator of the project: Prof. Eugenio Lanzillotta (University of Roma Tor Vergata)

Editor in chief: Prof.ssa Maria Grazia Granino (University of Siena)

The aim of this project is to build a digital repository of all Greek and Latin inscriptions (both pagan and christian) of the ancient region called Latium vetus, which corresponds to the modern towns of Albano, Agosta, Anticoli Corrado, Ariccia, Castel Gandolfo, Castel Madama, Cerreto, Ciciliano, Colonna, Ciampino, Fonte Nuova, Frascati, Gallicano, Genzano, Gerano, Grottaferrata, Guidonia, Labico, Lavinio, Lanuvio, Licenza, Marino, Mentana, Montecompatri, Monte Porzio Catone, Monterotondo, Nemi, Olevano, Palestrina, Pisoniano, Rocca di Papa, Rocca Priora, Sambuci, Subiaco, Tivoli, Trevi, Valmontone, Vicovaro, Zagarolo, besides Anagni, Lariano, and Velletri.

The inscriptions are about 5,000 and they are collected in a huge paper archive realized in more than forty years. The goal of the digitization of this archive, which is in progress, is to offer to the scholarly community an invaluable tool for every research in the fields of history, archaeology, and prosopography, through a systematic survey of the epigraphical documents of a region of the ancient world so important as was the area around the Colli Albani and the Campagna Romana.

The digitization of the archive is realized according to the form developed and approved by the Association Internationale d’Épigraphie Grecque et Latine (AIEGL). The team working on the project is going to prepare XML transcriptions of the texts that conform to the EpiDoc customization of the TEI P5 guidelines, which will be included in the digital repository.

Scientific partners of the project are the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut in Rome, and the University of Roma La Sapienza.

The project was officialy presented on May 26, 2009 at the University of Roma Tor Vergata.


- The Latium Vetus corpus is going to include also the inscriptions from Castelporziano, where is located one of the residences of the President of the Italian Republic.

A conference on this collection was held at the University of Rome Tor Vergata on June 18, 2010: Giornata di studi sul territorio laurentino

- In the Fall Semester 2010 Monica Berti taught a course on Latin Epigraphy at the Department of Classics at Tufts University. Part of the course has been devoted to the inscriptions of "Latium Vetus" project.

- "The Stones of Ancient Latium - Inscriptions, Archaeological Remains, and the Geographic Contexts of Latium Vetus" - Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata, May 25 - July 1, 2011.