Brepolis Latin Databases is the collective name for several databases that are searchable together by using the Cross Database Search Tool. The Library of Latin Texts (LLT) has two parts. Series A is a collection of more than 3625 works in the Latin language by roughly 1150 authors, which originated in 1991 as the Cetedoc Library of Christian Latin Texts but then expanded chronologically. Series B came online as a supplementary collection of more than 800 additional texts. Monumenta Germaniae Historica (eMGH) is based on a critical edition of more than 3500 medieval historical texts that appeared in more than 300 volumes beginning in 1819.
There are online user guides (several hundred pages in length!) for LLT and eMGH.
User tools and features
There are three main ways of accessing the texts: by searching for specific character strings (“word-forms”), browsing for individual works in the “Table of Contents,” and by examining the “Distribution of Word-Forms” across the database. Boolean and proximity operators, wildcards, and various filters are available in the search interface. Text is displayed in html or pdf.
The Cross Database Searchtool (CDS) makes it possible to search all three collections at once and also provides a tool, the Thesaurus Formarum (TF), for the determination of Latin terminology appropriate for specific authors, works, and time periods. TF makes it possible to compare the vocabulary used in two user-selected corpora.
Terms found in these databases may be searched in the Database of Latin Dictionaries (DLD), which also provides direct links into the three databases.
From ancient Rome to 1965.
Texts composed by medieval authors.
Type of coverage
Print counterpart or
Monumenta Germaniae Historica was first published in print, and the eponymous institute in Munich also provides free online access to page images, but without the search capability of the Brepols database. A growing number of texts in LLT-B are taken from the Bibliotheca Teubneriana Latina.
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