The Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum contains the Latin inscriptions from the entire space of the former Roman Empire in a geographical and systematic order; since its foundation by Theodor Mommsen, it has been the authoritative documentation of the epigraphic heritage of Roman antiquity. Today, the Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum has about 180,000 inscriptions and supplementary volumes with plates and special registers.
The edition is based on checking the originals, taking into account the handwritten and printed tradition. In addition to the inscriptions and the accompanying documentation of the epigraphic and archaeological findings, the volumes also contain summarized bibliographies, information on the ancient communities from which the inscriptions originate, richly structured registers of names and subjects, as well as maps and city maps.
The new volumes offer the user the rewriting of the epigraphic texts in confrontation with photographs and drawings in an ensemble: thus the reader is able to weigh up the findings and readings against each other. The documentary presentation therefore provides a critical access to the text, which was not yet possible at Mommsen’s time.