Latin Language, Literature, and Culture


Database of Latin Dictionaries - UCB access only
Easy to use search tool of several important medieval Latin dictionaries (Du Cange; Blaise, Dictionnaire latin-français des auteurs chrétiens; Dictionnaire latin-français des auteurs du Moyen-Âge; Forcellini). The search also covers Lewis and Short, a classical Latin dictionary that – unlike the OLD – includes Late Latin and Christian Latin.

Mediae Latinitatis Lexicon Minus - UCB access only
Please note: Link leads to Acta Sanctorum: click on 'Search,' then click on 'Lexicon.'
Jan Frederik Niermeyer's Mediae Latinitatis Lexicon Minus (also see PA2890.N54 2002 Art/Classics) is a compendious lexicon relating to medieval history. The data is based on the 1984 edition and includes Niermeyer's original Medieval Latin Dictionary and Index Fontium plus the completing entries by Co van de Kieft through 1976. Note: Searching or browsing will only retrieve hits which correspond exactly to the search term; therefore, use a wildcard (*) to search for wordstems or use the browse list. Following the original edition, the vowels "i" and "u" have been distinguished from the consonants "i' and "u," the latter being represented as "j" and "v."[description adapted from website]

Orbis Latinus
A dictionary of Latin place names compiled by J. G. Graesse (1909). For a fuller update (print only), see: Orbis Latinus; Lexikon lateinischer geographischer Namen des Mittelalters und der Neuzeit (G107.G8 1972 Doe Reference).


Full Text Databases

Acta Sanctorum - UCB access only
Electronic version of the complete printed text of Acta Sanctorum (BX4655.A2 1863 MAIN) published by the Société des Bollandistes. The collection of documents examines the lives of saints, organised according to each saint's feast day, from the two January volumes published in 1643 to the Propylaeum to December published in 1940. The database contains the entire Acta Sanctorum, including all prefatory material, original texts, critical apparatus and indices. Bibliotheca Hagiographica Latina reference numbers are included. Note: A cross-searchable engine allows simultaneous searching in both Acta Sanctorum and Patrologia Latina databases. Also included is Brill's edition of Jan Frederik Niermeyer's Mediae Latinitatis Lexicon Minus (PA2890.N54 2002 Art/Classics). [description adapted from website]

Analecta Hymnica Medii Aevi, 500 - 1400 - UCB access only
Contains texts of hymns of the Catholic Church, 500 - 1400. This complete digital edition allows for searching the full text of the hymns, including the bibliographic references to manuscripts and prints. The user may also search by author and title, and browse by volume. [description adapted from website]

Bibliotheca Augustana
An important online collection of a great number of post-Classical Latin texts from Late Antiquity to the Renaissance (e.g. Itinerarium Egeriae, Carmina Burana, De tribus impostoribus); most texts are based on scholarly editions, all editions used are specified. To use, click on 'Biblioteca Latina,' then on 'Index Chronologicus' or 'Index Alphabeticus.'

CAMENA: Latin Texts of Early Modern Europe
Our successive projects are dedicated to building a digital library of the humanistic Respublica Litterarum. We now offer five collections as well as a growing database (Lemmata) that contains words and names (with additional morphological and lexical data) linked to general and special dictionaries or encyclopedias of our digital library. At this time we offer five collections:

  1. a collection of Neo-Latin poetry composed by German authors (POEMATA) presents more than 60,000 pages of early editions reproduced both as images and as machine-readable texts.
  2. a collection of Latin historical and political writing mainly from early modern Germany (HISTORICA & POLITICA). It now contains some 60,000 printed pages.
  3. a handy reference collection (THESAURUS ERUDITIONIS) of dictionaries and handbooks of the period 1500-1750 that serves as a reading environment for the other texts we offer. It now contains close on 100 works totaling more than 85,000 page.
  4. A fourth collection (CERA, Corpus Epistolicum Recentioris Aevi). It is comprised of printed Latin letters written for the most part by German scholars. It now offers some 90 prints of the period 1530-1770 totaling about 55,000 pages.
  5. A fifth collection (ITALI-Renascentium Litterarum Libri Rariores) is being published in the course of 2009. It will offer at least seventy early printed editions (25,500 pages) of works written by Italian Renaissance humanists born before 1500.

Please also note the TERMINI project (2004-2008) which enlarged the THESAURUS ERUDITIONIS and collected keywords (names and common nouns alike) representing items treated in the reference works of the THESAURUS ERUDITIONIS. It also extracted additional orthographic, morphological, and lexical data, and stored them along with the lemma concerned. The database Lemmata, begun in 2007, will be growing until 2011. [description adapted from website]

Internet Medieval Sourcebook via Fordham University
Another gateway site providing entry to such topics as Byzantium, Islam, the Celtic world, the crusades, social history, sex and gender, saints' lives, medieval music, maps, and films on medieval topics.

Library of Latin Texts (CLCLT6) - UCB access only
This compilation includes a broad range of patristic and later Latin authors drawn from such collections as the Corpus christianorum, the Corpus scriptorum ecclesiasticorum, the Monumenta Germaniae Historica, and virtually all the editions found in the Bibliotheca Teubneriana Latina. [description adapted from website] User Guide

Monumenta Germaniae Historica - UCB access only
Collection of original texts and commentaries dealing with German history from the earliest written sources through the 15th century. Currently, the online version is an interim one which allows consultation of digitized pages from the print edition, and which is intended to bridge the gap until the full-text version is ready to use. The following link gives access to the (freely available) online version of the MGH (with scanned pages of the printed editions and many more useful features, among them a full-text search and linking to single pages of editions):

Patrologia Latina - UCB access only
Electronic version of the 221 volumes of the first edition of Jacque-Paul Migne's Patrologia Latina (1844-1855 and 1862-1865). Patrologia Latina comprises the works of the Church Fathers from Tertullian in 200 AD to the death of Pope Innocent III in 1216. Search by author, work, and all words occurring in the texts, including boolean, proximity and truncated searching; browse through indexed terms. For many of the works in Migne, more modern editions are electronically available in the Library of Latins Texts. [description adapted from website]

The Latin Library 
In this online collection of Latin texts, click on 'Christian,' 'Medieval,' or even 'Neo-Latin' to get full-texts of Latin authors from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Site can be useful, but beware: The texts are not intended for research purposes nor as substitutes for critical editions. Despite constant effort to remove “scanner artifacts” and other typographical errors, many such errors remain. The texts are presented merely for ease of online reading or for downloading for personal or educational use. [description partly taken from website]

Ut per litteras apostolicas / Papal Letters - UCB access only
Electronic version of the Registres et lettres des Papes du XIIIème siècle (32 vols.: Rome, 1883-) and the Registres et lettres des Papes du XIVe siècle (48 vols.: Rome, 1899-). Covers the most varied aspects of medieval society: church institutions, clergy, papal states, politics, the legal system, taxation, government and finance, secular society, religious life, intellectual and artistic life, the economy, wars, law and order, the environment and natural disasters, and daily life. [description adapted from website]