Epigraphic Database Heidelberg
01.07.1986 Establishment 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).
01/1991-02/1993 Interim funding from the Fritz-Thyssen-Stiftung.
since 03/1993
Research project of the
Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften.
Admission to
Programme of the Academies of the Bund-Länder Commission under the title
"Epigrapische Datenbank römischer Inschriften".
The 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.
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25.09.1997 First 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.
since 1999  Under 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.
since 09/1999 A part of the Photographic Database goes online with photographic material which accompanies those Imperial Inscriptions of Rome, which have been entered in EDH.
2000 EDH is included in the Millennium Guide to Cultural Resources on the Web of the World Culture Report 2000, published by UNESCO.
since 2000 Photos 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 (www2.uah.es/imagines_cilii/).
03/2000 Campus-TV Programme (Rhein-Neckar-Television) on the work involved in the EDH.
since 09/2002
Presentation 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).
  complex search
09/2002 XII 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 04/2003 All 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.
since 09/2003 External collaboration with members of the Institut für Alte Geschichte, Altertumskunde und Epigraphik of the University of Vienna.

Convegno 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 01/2004 Greek 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.
since 08/2004 In 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 10/2004 External contributions made by a member of the Institut für Alte Geschichte und Altertumskunde der Universität Graz.
11/2004 The Epigraphic Bibliography (EBH), a subsidiary database of the EDH, goes online. External contributions made by members of the Department of Ancient History of the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt.
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  External collaboration with members of the Chair for Alte Geschichte an der Katholischen Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt.
01/2005 Workshop Names: Lexica, Prosopographies and Corpora in Oxford. Presentation of the EDH, with particular emphasis on the combined search possibilities in relation to personal names.
since 03/2005
Linking 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).
since 07/2005 Linking of the photographs of the inscriptions housed in the Palatine Museum Heidelberg (KMH) to the presentation of the texts of the inscriptions in the EDH. External contributions made by a member of the Institute of Archaeology of the University of Ljubljana.
  External contributions made by a member of the Institut für Archäologie of Ljubljana University.
since 01/2006 Reciprocal linking of the photographs of the U.S. Epigraphy Project with the corresponding texts of the inscriptions of the EDH.
since 02/2006 External contributions made by a member of the research group LITTERA of the Departament de Filologia Llatina of the University of Barcelona.
since 04/2006 Reciprocal linking of the photographs of the web platform UBI ERAT LUPA with the corresponding texts of the inscriptions of the EDH. Division of labour for Hispania with the database project Hispania Epigraphica.
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 09/2006 Linking of the photographs of the inscriptions housed in the Slovenian National Museum Ljubljana with the texts of the inscription in the EDH.
since 04/2007 Cooperation with the Research project Supplementum to CIL XIII of the Historisches Seminar / Ancient History of the University of Osnabrück.
07/2007 The Photographic Database, a subsidiary database of the EDH, goes online.
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09/2007 13th International Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy (Oxford 2007): Report about "Work & Progress and Outlook of the EDH" (F. Feraudi-Gruénais, Thematic Panel 1.VI. Epigraphy and Information Technology).
since 11/2007 Linking of the photographs of "Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum (Berlin)" with the corresponding texts of the inscriptions of the EDH.
since 03/2008 Linking of the photographs of "Die Inschriften von Philippi im Bild" with the corresponding texts of the inscriptions of the EDH.
11/2008 Convegno Internazionale EAGLE (Roma 2008).
since 08/2009 Linking of the datasets of "Die Inschriften von Philippi im Bild" with the existing datasets of EDH.
11/2010 Tavola Rotonda EAGLE (Roma 2010).
2011 Successful porting of the XML/Epidoc tagged data of the "Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania" IRT2009 into the database structure of EDH.
01/2011 Epidoc/SoSOL training workshop (lead by Dr James Cowey und Dr Francisca Feraudi-Gruénais) at the Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna.
07-11/2011 Cooperation with the research project "Die lateinischen Inschriften von Albanien/Epirus" of the Kommission für Alte Geschichte und Epigraphik of the Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts Munich.
11/2011 6 November: Death of the founder of EDH, one time research project leader of EDH and active member of the Academy Commission, which watches over and guides the project, Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c.mult. Géza Alföldy.

Memorial tablet in the amphitheatre of Tarragona.

'refrigerium' in his memory (6th November 2015).

06/2012 Radical relaunch of the Internet presence of EDH and of the search functions of its three constituent databases.
  The work on the Epigraphic Geographic Database has started.
08/2012 XIV Congressus Internationalis Epigraphiae Graecae et Latinae (Berlin 2012).
04/2013 Start of the three year EU-financed project europeana-EAGLE. EDH takes on responsibility for the coordination of WP2 "Networking and best practices" (content harmonization, GIS, terminologies).
09/2013 EDH joins the Pelagios network.
02/2014 First europeana-EAGLE International Event in Ljubljana.
09/2014 europeana-EAGLE 2014 Conference in Paris. (s. also Proceedings: "Information technologies for epigraphy and cultural heritage" [2014]).
09/2015 Sixth europeana-EAGLE International Event in Bari.
05/2016 Paper about "'Digital epigraphy' - Auf dem Weg zu einem kollaborativen Editionstool für antike Inschriften" at the Philosophisch-Historischen Fakultät of the University of Augsburg (F. Feraudi-Gruénais / F. Grieshaber).
11/2016 Attendance to the workshop of the AG eHumanities 2016 arranged by the Center of Coordination Digital Humanities of the Nordrhein-Westfälischen Akademie der Wissenschaften Düsseldorf with a contribution concerning Digital Epigraphy am Scheideweg? / Digital Epigraphy at a crossroads?
01/2017 Paper about "Digital epigraphy" at the Institut für Altertumswissenschaften of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (F. Feraudi-Gruénais / F. Grieshaber)

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:

Research Associates:

PD Dr. Andrea Scheithauer (1993-1998), Dr. Manfred G. Schmidt (1993-1995), Dr. Heike Niquet (1995-1997), Dr. Marta García Morcillo (2005/2006).

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-); Josef Bäck (2014-2016 [europeana]); Denitsa Dzhigova (2014 [europeana]); Laura Sandmann (2014-); Niklas Bettermann (2015-); Jennifer Goetz (2015-2017).


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+]).


last update: January 2017

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