The Heidelberg Epigraphic Database was founded as a long-term project with funds from the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize awarded to Géza Alföldy by the DFG and began its work on July 1, 1986. Since then many changes and additions have been made, and new national and international cooperations started. Scroll down this timeline to find out more about the history of the project.
- 2021Closing year (phase-out funding) of EDH's funding by the Programme of the Academies of the Bund-Länder Commission
- October 20216. epigraphy.info Workshop, Princeton 20. - 22. October 2021
- May 2021Transfer of the EDH inscription index (ca. 52 running meters) of the inscriptions of the Roman provinces to Vienna ( Department of Ancient History, Papyrology and Epigraphy, University of Vienna
- March 2021Transfer of the EDH inscription index (ca. 18 running meters) of the inscriptions of the Regiones Italiae to Rome ( EDR, University of Rome La Sapienza
- November 20205. epigraphy.info Workshop, Leuven 3. - 6. November 2020
- February 20204. epigraphy.info Workshop, Hamburg 19. - 21. February 2020
- June 20193. epigraphy.info Workshop, Vienna 30. May - 1. June 2019
- December 20182. epigraphy.info Workshop, Zadar 14.-16. Dezember 2018
- March 20181. epigraphy.info Workshop, Heidelberg 21.-23. March 2018
- August 2017XV Congressus Internationalis Epigraphiae Graecae et Latinae (Vienna 2017). - Poster presentation: "epigraphy.info. A new Collaborative Platform for Digital Epigraphy under construction"
- January 2017Presentation: "Digital epigraphy" at 'Institut für Altertumswissenschaften der Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz' (F. Feraudi-Gruénais / F. Grieshaber)
- November 2016Participation at Workshop of the 'AG eHumanities' organized by the 'Koordinierungsstelle Digital Humanities der Nordrhein-Westfälischen Akademie der Wissenschaften Düsseldorf', with presentation of Digital Epigraphy am Scheideweg? / Digital Epigraphy at a crossroads? (F. Feraudi-Gruénais / F. Grieshaber)
- May 2016Presentation about "'Digital epigraphy' - Auf dem Weg zu einem kollaborativen Editionstool für antike Inschriften" at the Philosophisch-Historischen Fakultät der Universität Augsburg (F. Feraudi-Gruénais / F. Grieshaber)
- September 2015
- July 2015Presentation "Latein auf Stein. Inschriften in Heidelberg entdecken" at the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (F. Feraudi-Gruénais)
- September 2014europeana-EAGLE 2014 Conference in Paris. (see Proceedings: "Information technologies for epigraphy and cultural heritage" )
- February 2014First europeana-EAGLE International Event in Ljubljana
- September 2013EDH starts collaborating with the Pelagios Network
- April 2013Start of the three year project europeana-EAGLE financed by the EU. EDH is responsible for coordination of WP2 "Networking and best practices" (content harmonization, GIS, terminologies)
- August 2012XIV Congressus Internationalis Epigraphiae Graecae et Latinae (Berlin 2012)
- June 2012Complete Relaunch of EDH website EDH including all search masks of all constituent databases. The geographic database starts work which holds all information about exact find spots of inscriptions.
- November 20116. November: Death of founder of EDH, former Director of the Research Center and member of the EDH scientific commission Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c.mult. Géza Alföldy.
Commemorative plaque in amphitheatre of Tarragona.
'refrigerium' in his memory on 6.11.2015.
- July - November 2011Cooperation with "Die lateinischen Inschriften von Albanien/Epirus" at the 'Kommission für Alte Geschichte und Epigraphik' at the 'Deutsche Archäologisches Instituts München'.
- January 2011Epidoc/SoSOL training workshop (lead by Dr. James Cowey and Dr. Francisca Feraudi-Gruénais) at the Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna.
- 2011Conversion and import of XML/Epidoc-data of the "Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania" IRT2009 into database schema of EDH.
- October 2010Tavola Rotonda EAGLE (Roma 2010).
- since August 2010Linking of records of the "Die Inschriften von Philippi im Bild" with records of EDH.
- November 2008
- since November 2007Linking of images of inscriptions and squeezes at "Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum (Berlin)" with inscription records of EDH.
- September 200713th International Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy (Oxford 2007): Report zu "Work & Progress und Perspektiven der EDH" (F. Feraudi-Gruénais, Thematic Panel 1.VI. Epigraphy and Information Technology).
- July 2007The EDH Photographic database goes online with some 16.000 records (digital images and metadata).
Detail view of image
- since April 2007Cooperation with project 'Supplementum zu CIL XIII' at Historisches Seminar / Alte Geschichte der Universität Osnabrück (2010/11: "CIL XIII - Erstellung eines Supplementbandes zum Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum (CIL XIII, 2) für den Bereich Limes und Limesvorland" Fachbereich III / Alte Geschichte der Universität Trier).
- since September 2006Linking of images of inscriptions from Slowenisches Nationalmuseum Ljubljana with corresponding inscription records of EDH.
- since April 2006Reciprocallinking of images of the project UBI ERAT LUPA with corresponding inscription records of EDH.
Agreement about the distribution of work on the Hispanic provinces: apart from the inscriptions of Tarraco and the conventus Tarraconensis (CIL II2 pars 14) as well as the conventus Astigitanus and Cordubensis (partes 5 and 7) the online presence of the inscriptions of Spain will be guaranteed by the database project Hispania Epigraphica online (HEpOnl).
- since February 2006External contributions made by a member of the research group LITTERA of the Departament de Filologia Llatina of the University of Barcelona.
- since January 2006Reciprocal linking of the photographs of the U.S. Epigraphy Project with the corresponding texts of the inscriptions of the EDH.
- since March 2005Linking of the PIR-references in the literature field of the EDH to the Internet sites of the Prosopographia Imperii Romani (PIR, Research project of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences).
- January 2005Workshop Names: Lexica, Prosopographies and Corpora in Oxford. Presentation of the EDH, with particular emphasis on the combined search possibilities in relation to personal names.
- November 2004The Epigraphic Bibliography (EBH), a subsidiary database of the EDH, goes online.
Search ResultExternal contributions made by members of the Department of Ancient History of the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt.since October 2004External contributions made by a member of the Institut für Alte Geschichte und Altertumskunde der Universität Graz.since August 2004In accordance with the agreements concerning international cooperation ( EAGLE) with the Epigraphic Database Rome (EDR) EDH transferred the reponsibility for 11.851 inscriptions of Italic provenance as a basis for further completion and being kept up to date. These inscriptions, however, remain to be found in EDH erhalten, from where there is a Link to the version, which may well be more up to date, in EDR.since January 2004Greek inscriptions of Roman Imperial Age entered for the first time. Entry of the inscriptions of the province Bithynia and Pontus with the use of records very kindly made available by Prof. Christian Marek, of the Historisches Seminar of the University of Zürich.November 2003Convegno Internazionale per la presentazione del progetto EAGLE in Aquileia / Triest (report): Decision reached to create an international Epigraphic Database Confederation EAGLE (Electronic Archives of Greek and Latin Epigraphy) based on the model of the EDH.since September 2003External collaboration with members of the Institut für Alte Geschichte, Altertumskunde und Epigraphik of the University of Vienna.since April 2003All three databases belonging to the EDH transferred to DB2. From this point onwards the entry of data has been possible on both a local and world wide basis, allowing for external cooperations.September 2002XII Congreso Internacional de Epigrafia Griega e Latina (Barcelona 2002): presentation of the complete version the database of the EDH in the context of the opening lecture by G. Alföldy.Since 2002Presentation of all inscriptions entered up to this point (ca. 33.000) together with all supplementary information concerning the monuments and the content of the Latin texts (see Searching):
since 2000Photos of the Archives of the Spanish External Branch of the Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum at the University of Alcalá; linked to their accompanying inscription texts in EDH http://www3.uah.es/imagines_cilii.2000EDH is included in the Millennium Guide to Cultural Resources on the Web of the World Culture Report 2000, published by UNESCO.since September 1999A part of the Photographic Database goes online with photographic material which accompanies those Imperial Inscriptions of Rome, which have been entered in EDH.since 1999Under the aegis of the Commissione epigrafia e informatica of the Association Internationale d'Épigraphie Grecque et Latine (AIEGL), of which the Director of the Research Project is a member, work on international coordination of the project to create a much larger Epigraphic Database with the aim of making as many Latin and Greek Inscriptions of the Ancient World accessible in the World Wide Web according to standardised criteria.25. September 1997First public presentation of the EDH at the workshop Alte Geschichte und EDV in Rome (organised by the Austrian Institute of Culture in Rome); see A. Dafferner -- F. Feraudi-Gruénais -- H. Niquet, Die Epigraphische Datenbank Heidelberg, in: M. Hainzmann -- Chr. Schäfer (Hrsg.), Alte Geschichte und Neue Medien. Zum EDV-Einsatz in der Altertumsforschung,Computer und Antike 5 (St. Katharinen 2000) 45-65.September 1997The Epigraphic Text Database, of the EDH, goes online comprising all of the inscriptions which had been entered up to that point (just short of 30.000) and some of the supplementary information provided for each inscription (ancient province / Italic region, ancient / modern find spot name, specific find spot, literature, indication of state of progress); regular six month updates. With the help of a search engine combined searchs are possible.
The EDH landing page allows for choosing the language (English or German): The simple Search groups metadata fields according to criteria like HD-Nr., geography, literature and transcription):
Search results are presented likewise:1995Admission to Programme of the Academies of the Bund-Länder Commission under the title "Epigrapische Datenbank römischer Inschriften".January 1991 - February 1993Interim funding from the Fritz-Thyssen-Stiftung.July 1986Establishment of the Epigraphic Database Heidelberg (EDH) funded by prize money from the Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz-Preis (DFG) by Prof. Géza Alföldy as a long-term, interdisciplinary project for the registration and recording of Ancient Latin Inscriptions in an extensive database.
Entry method for the text database in 1986
Alongside this the establishment of the Epigraphic Bibliography
and a Photographic Archive.
Data and information stored since the beginning of the project in the constituent databases Bibliographic Database and Photographic Database (see also EDH 30 years later).
The Project was established in cooperation with Dr. Wolfgang Slaby (University of Eichstätt) and also profitted from previous cooperation with Prof. Dr. Dr. Manfred Clauss (University Frankfurt a.M.).
Since the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences took over the project the following people have worked on the EDH:
Andreas Dafferner (1993-2010, IT), PD Dr. Andrea Scheithauer (1993-1998), Dr. Manfred G. Schmidt (1993-1995), Dr. Heike Niquet (1995-1997), Dr. Francisca Feraudi-Gruénais (1997-2021), Dr. Brigitte Gräf (1998-2021), Dr. Marta García Morcillo (2005/2006), Dr. James Cowey (2004-2005, 2008-2020), Dr. Frank Grieshaber (2010-2021), Regine Klar (2012-2020), Jonas Osnabrügge M.A. (2016-2020).
Student and Graduate Assistants:
Raffaela Cengia (1993), Oliver Hoffmann (1993), Estrella Velasco Servert (1993/1994), Wolfgang Strysio (1993-1996), Francisca Feraudi-Gruénais (1993-1997), Andrea Steinebrey (1993-1997), Cordelia Eule (1993-1998), Brigitte Ruck (1995-1998), Daniela Quade (1996-2000), Dagmar Hofmann (1996-2001), Stefano Conti (1997), Rahsan Dogan (1998-2001), Angela Gärtner (1998/1999), Eric Hummel (1998-2001), Verena Unmüßig (1998-2002), Michael Schmitt (1999), Sarah Hillebrand (2000-2003), Meike Morhart (2000-2003), Panagiotis Galanis (2001), Jürgen Gallinat (2001/2002), Henning Wirth (2001-2004), Verena Gander (2002-2004), Nicole Petzi (2002/2003), Antje König (2002-2005), Dagmar Schweinfurth (2003/2004), Burkhard Hildebrandt (2004), Sascha Beck (2004/2005), Benedikt von Imhoff (2004/2005), Nadine Grimmig (2004-2006), Victoria Clay (2005), Vera Bachthaler (2005-2009), Florian Helmer (2005-2008), Helena Kotarlić (2006/2007), Nina Valuta (2006/2007), Nadine Viermann (2006/2007), Eva Borchert (2007-2010), Daniel Kanzleiter (2007-2010), Jan Kaufhold (Heidelberg-Osnabrück, 2007/2008), Sebastian Platz (2007-2011), Bernadette Esch (Heidelberg-Osnabrück, 2008-2010), Elisabeth Neubert (2009-2014), Simone Pastor (2008/2009), Dominik Fröse (2009-2013), Otto Ritter (2010-2014), Ricarda Wagner (2010/2011), Felix Schulte (2011/2012), Shipe Smajlaj (2011), Katharina Oldenhage (2012-2014); Christopher Schubert (2013-2018); Josef Bäck (2014-2016 [europeana]); Denitsa Dzhigova (2014 [europeana]); Laura Sandmann (2014-2019); Niklas Bettermann (2015-2021); Jennifer Goetz (2015-2017); Sarah Deck (2018-2019); Berglind Hatje (2018-2019); Caroline Albert (2020); Natascha Beiermann (2020-2021).
Thomas Somló (Heidelberg; 08/2005), Raffaella Marchesini (Roma; 04-08/2007), Sarah Bond (Chapel Hill; 07-08/2007), Amanda Rampichini (Siena; 07-08/2012), Laura Löser (St Andrews; 08/2013), Christopher Schubert (Mannheim; 02/2015), Julia Ortseifen (Heidelberg; 03/2015), Aránzazu López Fernández (Madrid; 02-05/2016 [Erasmus+]); Giovanni Arena (Bologna; 04-07/2018 [Erasmus+]); Melissa Kleinhans (Karlsruhe; 07-08/2019).
Last update: February 2021