On this site you find a data base that records almost all Latin inscriptions. The texts are presented without abbreviations and completed where possible. The presentation of the texts is kept as simple as possible. Beside the commonly used indications for resolution, completions and erasures as few special characters as possible have been used. The abbreviations give the references for the publications used. The statistical data indicates which volumes (with how many texts per volume as far as the Latin inscriptions are concerned) are recorded completely in the data base.
By now 766.832 sets of data for 503.844 inscriptions from 4.000 publications, with the following journals, for 22.232 places with 112.067 pictures have been recorded.

Is there a after the line of the publication found, you are guided by clicking to another database.

There are links to the following 25 databases:

You can contact me at email@manfredclauss.de

Advice for users

All texts are presented without abbreviations and completed. Only very few special characters have been used:
( ) resolution of abbreviated texts, insertion of missing letters
[ ] addition
[ 3 ] blank within a line
[ 6 ] a blank line
] blank of unknown length at the beginning
[ blank of unknown length at the end
[[ ]] erasure
<e=F> correction (example: f<e=F>cit for FFCIT)
<<TEXT>> Here texts are listed that have been created to fill erased passages - especially in the time of the Severan dynasty.
<<[[ ]]>> This text has been erased and then carved again; often leg. III.
{ } canceled letters
/ division of lines
* The * indicates an inscription that is thought to be forged or modern. With the CIL the * is in front of a number (CIL 06, *03231), by other publications the * stands behind the number (RIB-03, 03534*).
+ + in front of a number of the AE, AEA, ILCV or at other places indicates to bibliographical references, with other publications to comments given under the number indicated.

Text taken from the CIL are listed under the number of their first mentioning, later corrections are added and noted there; this applies also for corrections of inscriptions of the CIL from the AE and other newer publications.

database enquiry

You can search the data base for records, province, place,inscription genus/personal status and texts. All entries have a wildcard character on the right and left side. The number of each record must have five digits: e. g. CIL 02, 00125. The notations used for the provinces are listed in a field on the right side next to the box for the provinces. Under the box "Choice of provinces" you have the possibility to choose several provinces. For the entries of place names and provinces case sensitivity is required; do not use umlaute, accents or special characters. You will find modern and/or ancient place names; under the ancient place name you will often find more texts. The search results can be listed by record or provinces.

Information for the search text:

You can search any terms separated with % - also in combination with a record/province/place - or for two of those. If you are looking for two terms you can chose if both terms should be in the inscription ("and"), just one at a time ("or") or exclusively one (text 1) and the other not (text 2); e. g. all inscriptions with "Dis" without those having "Dis Manibus". All terms you search for have a wildcard character on the right and left side as well. In addition to that you can place your own wildcard character. The sign % replaces any number of signs. You can also use "_" (underscore), that replaces exactly one sign. Two underscores "__" replace exactly two signs (vi__it will find vixsit, vixxit, viscit). You can explicitly search for a phrase at the beginning/the end of the inscriptions. For the beginning place "^ " (that is ^ with a blank) in front of the phrase you are looking for, for the end add " ^" (that is blank and ^) at the end.

Greek texts are marked with "GR". These inscriptions can be found by "GR". For many european provinces these inscriptions are linked with Searchable Greek Inscriptions and Epigraphic Database Roma, where the greek texts are obtainable.

Further abbreviations concern the "ETR" (etruscan), "HEBR" (hebrew), "PALMYR" (palmyrenian), "IBER" (iberian) "OSK" (oscan) and "PUN" (punic) texts.

Search for inscription genus/personal status

After having finished recording almost all Latin inscriptions we started to categorize the texts by the type of inscription and the social role of people mentioned. An overview on the categorized provinces and inscriptions can be found here. Provinces set in bold are complete (but, in some cases, without sigilla impressa).

In the box "Type of inscription/Personal status" you can choose categories and combine them with "et" or "vel". When there is no mark at "et" or "vel", "et" is set by default. "et" means that the marked conditions must meet all in an inscription; "vel" means only one of the marked conditions must meet. In the second searchfield "and not" you can choose categories to be excluded in the query.

The following categories are recorded:

titulorum distributio:

virorum/feminarum distributio:

Issuing by corpora

In this box you can enter single volumes; their texts will be issued in numeric order. Please note that in this case a wildcard character will only be placed automatically on the right hand side.

Search entries: no solutions

In this case the database offers the opportunity to search for abbreviations in all texts. Thus the input b() m() will have the result (among others) b(ene) m(erenti) with the appropriate inscription. Please note that in between the abbreviated words a blank is set. Such terms are exceptional that include more than one abbreviation within a single word, such as b()f(), which results (among others) in b(ene)f(icarius). You can also search for the special character |().

Search entries: wrong spelling

You can also search for wrong spellings: Examples such as eiius, menus, deposicio or Pudes, for Pudens, can be found.


The dates are taken from publications or other databases, unless they are not basing on informations of the text itself.

The following schema underlies the specification:


You find a statistic itemisation of all inscriptions that have been added to the data base so far, as well a list of all abbreviations that have used for the guideline including the cross-references to other epigraphic databases.


You can obtain an inscription for which you have the EDCS-number by copying this link


in the address field of your browser and entering the EDCS-number - in the example, 64000102.


Finally I thank all those who have supported this data base and helped creating it.