The Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum
(CIL) is a comprehensive collection of ancient Latin inscriptions. It forms an authoritative source for documenting the surviving epigraphy of classical antiquity. The CIL collects all Latin inscriptions from the whole territory of the Roman Empire, ordering them geographically and systematically. The earlier volumes collected and published authoritative versions of all inscriptions known at the time—most of these had been previously published in a wide range of publications. The descriptions include images of the original inscription if available, drawings showing the letters in their original size and position, and an interpretation reconstructing abbreviations and missing words, along with discussion of issues and problems, all in Latin. The CIL presently consists of 17 volumes in about 70 parts, recording approximately 180,000 inscriptions. Thirteen supplementary volumes have plates and special indices. The first volume, in two sections, covered the oldest inscriptions, to the end of the Roman Republic; volumes II to XIV are divided geographically, according to the regions where the inscriptions were found. The other volumes cover other topics. Volume XVII, for instance, is entirely devoted to milestones. A volume XVIII is planned, which will contain the Carmina Latina Epigraphica
(Latin verse inscriptions). A two-volume "Index of Numbers", correlating inscription numbers with volume numbers, was published in 2003. The Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften
continues to update and reprint the CIL in new editions and supplements.
CN520 .C6 | 4th floor Oversize stacks
Goetz: CN 520 .C6
(vol. 16 only)
Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum project homepage:
The homepage in English for the CIL
project, containing valuable historical and bibliographic information.
The Wikipedia article on the CIL
, from which the above description is taken, contains valuable historical information on the series.
Volumes of the CIL available online through HathiTrust (UB only). N.B. This list may not be complete.
Internet Archive holdings:
Volumes of the CIL available online through the Internet Archive. N.B. This list may not be complete.