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In Hispania, as in any part of the Roman Empire, the Latin language was an instrument used by the imperial administration both to create cohesion within the different Roman provinces and for propaganda purposes. Inscriptions invaded public and private spheres and Latin writing was commonly used in daily life. In late antiquity, the historic changes that followed the spread of Christianity also caused an ideological change in the written messages, but their function maintained to be at the service of the new powers, the Church and the Visigoth monarchy. The study of inscriptions as contemporaneous documents being most close in time – e.g. in difference to literature – has become unavoidable for the understanding and reconstruction of ancient history, for example for our knowledge of the social and economic structures of the Iberian Peninsula in the Roman and Visigothic era. Its inclusion into the Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum puts the critically edited texts to the scope of the scientific community.

Centro CIL II is a Spanish-German research centre for coordinating the new edition of the tomes of Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum (CIL) concerning the Hispanic provinces (CIL II2). Here the copious documentation of the reading and understanding of each latin inscription is done which is necessary for the critical edition of the latin inscriptions of the Roman and Visigothic era. Within more than 30 years of work a comprehensive archive came into being, which formes the essential basis for the scientific edition of the tituli hispani.

The interdisciplinar research group "Centro CIL II" of the University of Alcalá unites epigraphists, historians of Antiquity, philologists, information officers and computer scientists. It aims on making accessible all the information concerning the epigraphy of the Hispanic provinces, which until now has been collected in a conventional archive, in an online database. Thanks to the support of the Community of Madrid/Universidad de Alcalá (CCG08-UAH/HUM-3791) in an initial phase of this project the whole documentation on the latin inscriptions of the Roman municipium of Complutum has been digitalized and is now accessible by internet. In the future the total number of documentation of the ca. 23.000 Latin inscriptions of Roman Hispania up to the 8th century, which is conserved in the archive, shall be digitalized and be accesible to researchers via internet. The documentation contains various information on each inscription, that is the text and maybe its various readings itself, the actual constitution of the monument, the archaeological context of the finding or the history of the tradition of the text e.g. the tradition by humanists and collectors of antiquities since the 15th centuriy. Today these inscriptions are of high interest e.g. for the reconstruction of the epigraphic habit in ancient Hispania.

With this project the edition of the varios tomes of the 2nd volume of CIL II2 shall be promoted. The accessibility via internet is an instrument which makes the redactional work and the exchange of new inscriptions or readings easier, furtheron it shall be a forum of discussion amoung the various specialists from different countries involved. Their criticism as well as their results of research work and their articles should be accessible on the webside of the Centro CIL II.

Helena Gimeno Pascual – Peter Rothenhoefer


Coordination - H. Gimeno Pascual

Technological Coordination - J. R. Fernández del Castillo Díez.

Vicarious coordination: J. Moralejo Ordax. (Colaborador Centro CIL II; licenciado en Arqueología).

Web Site and Database design: Jesús Andrés González (Estudiante último curso de Ingeniería de Telecomunicación, e Ingeniero Técnico en Telemática); ETT (equipo técnico transporte y territorio).

Digitalizacion of the archive: Ángel Pueblas (Gabinete de dibujo y fotografía científica).

Basic implementation of the data: Becarios de iniciación a la investigación y estudiantes de último curso de carrera de la Universidad de Alcalá: Cecilia Fernández Molina. Cristina Muñoz Horcajada (Documentación); Lara Ginés Sanz, José Antonio García Priego, Alicia Montero Schiemann, Jessica Cogollor Atienza (Historia).

Research group CENTRO CIL II-UAH (CCHH2009/R03).

Dr. J. L. Moralejo Álvarez, Catedrático de Filología Latina de la Universidad de Alcalá (Director).

Dr. U. Cerezo Rubio, Profesor Titular de Biblioteconomía y Documentación de la Universidad de Alcalá.

Dr. J. R. Fernández del Castillo Díez, Profesor Titular de Ciencias de la Computación de la Universidad de Alcalá.

Dra. H. Gimeno Pascual. Investigador Contratado Universidad de Alcalá. Directora Centro CIL II.

Dr. J. F. Peña Martín, Profesor Honorario de Filología de la Universidad de Alcalá.

Dr. S. Rascón Márquez, Profesor Asociado de Historia Antigua de la Universidad de Alcalá.

Dr. P. Rothenhoefer. Kommission für Alte Geschichte un Epigraphik DAI (Munich). Codirector Centro CIL II.

Dra. M. J. Rubio Fuentes, Profesora Asociada de Historia Antigua de la Universidad de Alcalá.

Lda. V. Salamanqués Pérez, Ayudante Archivos Bibliotecas y Museos Ayuntamiento de Madrid.

Dra. E. Sánchez Medina, Universidad de Alcalá.

Dra. A. L. Sánchez Montes, Directora escuela taller Complutum.

Dr. I. Sastre de Diego. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

Dra. M. Vallejo Girvés, Profesora Titular de Historia Antigua de la Universidad de Alcalá.

With colaboration of A. Cepas Palanca, D. Betschart and J. Hollaender from Kommission für Alte Geschichte und Epigraphik des DAI, Munich.

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