Digital LIMC

The wealth of ancient myths and legends which we call Classical Mythology is one of the major elements of our cultural heritage. The study of its iconographic representations is the main aim pursued by the Foundation for the LIMC, a foundation of international character, and constituted under Swiss law, that was formed in Geneva in 1972 and has been located in Basel since 1983. Its first task was the preparation and publication of the Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC), (1981-1999 and Supplement 2009). This work has been continued by the Thesaurus Cultus et Rituum Antiquorum (ThesCRA) (Volumes I-V: 2004-2006; Volumes VI-VIII: 2011-2012; General Index, 2014), focused on the domain of cult and rite.

The Foundation for the LIMC has been dissolved on 31st of March 2014. Its archives have been transferred to the University of Basel which will maintain and develop them in the future. The University of Basel will continue to put at the disposal the digital archives of the Foundation for the LIMC.

The databases can be accessed via the following links:  >> LIMC is focused mainly on metadata and permits detailed enquiries,  >> Iconiclimc gives direct access to pictures and related metadata.

Currently the existing databases are being migrated to a new platform called  >> SALSAH (System for Annotation and Linkage of Sources in Arts and Humanities. The new technology will allow the tagging of photographs, the connection of our data with different kinds of web information like geo system information and the linking of our data to other databases. For more information on the project see here >> 

This project is funded by the University of Basel, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (link: >> ) and the Ernst Göhner Stiftung (link: >> ).

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