As just reported by AIEGL, the Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum have launched a website available in German and English at http://cil.bbaw.de/. The site appears to contain:
- Searchable database of CIL numbers, listing photographs, squeezes, and bibliography among the results
- Sample indices of Latin words in Republican Inscriptions (CIL I² 2, 4) and Milestone Inscriptions (CIL XVII 4, 1), with detailed “keyword in context” features
- PDF versions of the Addenda and Corrigenda to the Internal Concordance to the CIL
- A glossary of terms and metadata used in the editions of inscriptions (Latin and German)
- Archivum Corporis Electronicum: an Anthology of Latin verse inscriptions from Roman Africa (German only). It doesn’t look as if there are any texts here; there is a clickable map of North Africa, but selecting Lepcis Magna (for example) returns the result “Zu Ihrer Abfrage sind keine Daten vorhanden”.
This is an attractive and, at first glance, professionally put together site, although the data inside it is a trifle thin. I can only hope that this is the beginnings of a growing electronic dissemination project, rather than a meagre attempt to advertise the paper produce. I can also only hope and appeal that any future plans to put epigraphy online will be done in a format compatible with the EAGLE and EpiDoc standards.
Thanks to David Meadows who pointed out the error in the URL posted in the original version of this item. Now corrected.
Bloody useless site, impossible to search for specific terms in the corpus.
There was a much better site for the CIL once upon a time, but I guess every webservice degenerates to a useless bunch of pretty pictures with time.
Thanks for the comment, Leonard. Do you think you could be a bit more constructive in your criticism: which previous CIL website were you thinking of, when did you last use it, and which features in particular have disappeared since then? What would you look for in online versions of CIL inscriptions that you would not find at EDH or Clauss-Slaby, for example?
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I don’t think they are available in English unfortunately…