Epigraphic Database of Roman Inscriptions (EDH)
The research project was initially established in 1986 and scheduled to run for fi ve years in the framework of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Programme. Since 1993 it has been a Research Unit of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. Its aim is to compile as compre- hensive a database of Latin inscriptions from the Roman Empire as possible and to make them available on the internet in a free database, thus creating a readily accessible basis for research on epigraphic sources. The emphasis is on Latin inscriptions, also included are a smaller number of bilingual (e.g. Latin/Greek) and Greek texts. The epigraphic testimonies were originally written in abbre- viations and most of them have only come down to us in fragmentary form. In the EDH they are fi lled out and supplemented and can be retrieved together with other research-relevant information (discovery site, social classi- fi cation, measurements, dating, bibliography etc.), photos and/or drawings. These data are constantly expanded and updated. In the framework of the internationally coor- dinated database portal EAGLE (Electronic Archives of Greek and Latin Epigraphy: www.eagle.let.uniroma1.it) work is continuing on the confl ation of the most important epigraphic database ventures with the aim of making all Roman and Greek epigraphs from antiquity available via a joint query mask. In line with the division of work agreed on in 2003, the EDH has been allotted the task of processing the Latin and bilingual inscriptions from the provinces of the Roman Empire.
Grave relief from Andematunum/Langres (France)
At present the database encompasses over 65,000 inscriptions. The information on inscriptions and inscription carriers contained in it has been accessible to the public via the internet since September 1997 (in part) and Sep- tember 2002 in its entirety. The year 2003 saw the incep- tion of online data input into the EDH, making it possible for scholars without databases of their own to make their epigraphic data available on the WWW from any location. Subsequently the two other part databanks went online, the Epigraphic Bibliography (with at present some 14,000 datasets) in 2004 and the Epigraphic Photo Library (with at present approximately 24,000 datasets) in 2007. All three sections of the overall database are constantly being updated and expanded. Notably the joint presentation of inscription text with photo enables the user to directly compare the original with the proposed reading of the text.
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Chair of the Commission
Prof. Dr. Tonio Hölscher
Head of the Research Unit
Prof. Dr. Christian Witschel
Dr. James M.S. Cowey
Dr. Francisca Feraudi-Gruénais
Dr. Brigitte Gräf
Dr. Frank Grieshaber
Department of Ancient History and Epigraphics
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