Epigraphy is a scary subject. Historians, linguists and archaeologists are well aware of its diversity and it may be difficult for them to find their way. Inscripted stones from the ancient times performed a wide variety of functions, and had an importance which is difficult for us to appreciate now. Thousand of Greek and Latin texts survived and each year the number increases thanks to new discoveries.
How can one trace inscriptions discovered in Italy since the publication of Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum ? Find the most reliable edition of the Rosetta Stone or Diocletian’s Edict ? Discover the prosopographical informations that will enable the study of social relations ?
To deal with such questions, in 1986, a group of French scholars produced the first edition of this Guide, revealing the keys to the study of the epigraphies, taking its reader through the Greco-roman world and its mediterranean neighbouring countries.
This fourth edition is a completely new work and proposes 2975 items.
You may download the following documents :
— the prefaces of the first and the third edition,
— a concordance between entry numbers of the third and fourth editions,
— la list of abbreviations that are listed in the Guide,
— the list of the websites that are listed in the Guide, with the relevant links ; these links will be regularly checked and updated,
— the list of book call-numbers in the École normale supérieure library.
About the Supplements
The authors intend to present every year a supplement, which will be avalaible for downloading.
Writing to the authors
In light of supplements and a possible fifth edition, the authors would be happy to receive suggestions, corrections or criticisms from users of the Guide. They would also welcome being informed of all newly published monographs (actually available rather than forthcoming) regarding either antique or medieval epigraphy.