The National Roman Museum's collection of inscriptions is one of the largest and finest in the world. An indispensable work, a precious tool: all the inscriptions again in the light of recent research.
The catalog of the inscription collection of the National Roman Museum is important because it constitutes a precious tool for the vast numbers of people who visit the museum.
The catalog is aimed at the museum’s visitors, in the hope that they can use it to help them interpret the inscriptions, and at scholars, because the publication offers them a chance to look at the inscriptions again in the light of recent research.
The National Roman Museum’s collection of inscriptions is one of the largest and finest in the world. Through the inscriptions, the museum where the collection is housed makes it possible to illustrate some of the social, political, administrative, economic and religious aspects of the Roman world.
Like the museum, the catalog is divided into ten sections. Each section has an introduction written by a leading scholar of the ancient world. There are also enlightening contributions about the Greek and Latin alphabets and the historical development of writing. The topographical introductions are interesting too, since they show where the inscriptions came from, and, in doing so, provide a complete picture of Italy from the pre-Roman age to the Late Antique period.