Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum (c. 500 BC?-c. 1500 AD?)
Inscriptions, as direct written evidence from the ancient world, are among the most important sources for investigating Roman history and everyday life in all their aspects. In every period when the legacy of the classical world has been consciously sought out, inscriptions have therefore been collected and edited. The Corpus Insciptionum Latinarum includes the Latin inscriptions from the entire area of the former Roman Empire, arranged by region and by inscription-type. For the most part, this consists of inscriptions from Italy, Rome, the Iberian peninsula, Noricum, Dalmatia, Raetia, the German provinces of the Roman Empire and the Carmina Latina Epigraphica. As well as the inscriptions and the accompanying documentation of their archaeological context, the volumes contain summary bibliographies, information on the ancient communities in which the inscriptions were found, name- and subject-indices with detailed subdivisions, and maps and town-plans. Recent volumes present the transcriptions of the epigraphic text side-by-side with the photos and drawings in a single ensemble, allowing the reader to check the evidence and the reading against each other.