Abbreviations, acronyms and good practice

” Please don’t invent your own system, but use one that has found common acceptance”.

This golden rule is provided by Prof. Van Njif in his website, in the self-explanatory section Abbreviations of corpora and publications.

I couldn’t agree more and I redirect my readers to the list of the abbrevations for general Classics or Archaeology  journals on his website.

Dizionario Epigrafico di Antichità Romane

Better known as “De Ruggiero”, this useful dictionary is now retrievable, since the copyright expired, at this URL,  digitized by Google from the library of the University of Michigan. Another tool to bookmark among your websites!


mesmerising owl
Mesmerising owl

Don’t let be misled by the OWL… This post is about a software for Latin students, made by Scot Mcphee.

I quote from his website:

Owl is an iOS app that, by using data from the Perseus Latin Word Tool, allows a user to lookup any Latin word, locate the root (i.e. the nominative singular for nouns and adjectives or the 1st person singular present active indicative for verbs), and parse the entered form. It gives all possible forms for the word entered. The tool then links the root(s) to the online Lewis & Short dictionary from Perseus, and also from that dictionary, provides links to the works in the Perseus database that are quoted in the dictionary.


I didn’t try it, because I’m not a Mac user, but I thought I’d spread the word 😉


CIL, V 7345: Aebutia, Asprilla or Attia?

CIL, V 7345- museum
CIL, V 7345


Aebutia, Asprilla or Attia? Which one is the right (or at least more likely) restoration of the first line of this fragmentary titulus operum publicorum?
In order to answer this question, it can’t be discarded the beginning of the third line, missing as well.
To discover the answer, check out my paper: Tomasi offprint CIL V 7345 in bargnesi–scuderi_paesaggio-esperienza-2012-no-pwd!