The Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC)

Already in 1969/1970 Prof. Lilly KAHIL† (Paris/Fribourg) took the first steps to create a lexicon in which illustrations of classical mythology would be presented in their entirety. On her initiative the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique organized a Round Table in Paris in December 1971, attended by scholars from different countries especially interested in questions of mythology. Many outstanding scholars have supported this project from the beginning. By 1972 several academies, research centers and research funds, among them the Swiss National Science Foundation, had guaranteed their collaboration. On 24th of November 1972 the Foundation for the LIMC was formed in Geneva and established in Basel in 1983.

Documentation centers were created in several countries in order to collect information. The Central Editorial Office has been located in Basel since 1973, connected editorial offices were in Athens, Paris, Heidelberg and Würzburg. Altogether 32 countries were involved in the scholarly activities of the foundation.

The acknowledgments received by the Foundation for the LIMC are equally international: for example the nomination as “Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)” by UNESCO in 1989 and awards from the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres from the Institut de France in Paris (1985 and 1988) and from the Fondation Prince Louis de Polignac (1998).

The Foundation for the LIMC has been dissolved on 31st of March 2014. Its archives have been transferred to the University of Basel.

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