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date: 18 May 2021

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This chapter presents briefly the history of modern Roman—primarily Latin—epigraphic corpora. The purpose is both to chronicle progress in this field since Theodor Mommsen in the mid-nineteenth century and to provide a roadmap for those who need to find their way through the sometimes bewildering collection of epigraphic corpora and other publications. Regardless of the convenient electronic epigraphic databases available on the internet, it is today, and will for the foreseeable future remain, indispensable to consult the readings and commentaries to be found in the standard epigraphic publications.

Keywords: Theodor Mommsen, Berlin Akademie, Latin epigraphy, Greek epigraphy, corpora, inscriptions, “militant epigrapher, ” Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum (CIL), Inscriptiones Latinae Selectae (ILS), L’Année épigraphique (AE), Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum (SEG

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