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Participate in the webinar “Enhancing your lexicographical research with the new DLD and ALD interfaces”

The Centre ‘Traditio Litterarum Occidentalium’ (CTLO), Brepols’ in-house Digital Humanities lab, is pleased to invite you to its webinar “Enhancing your lexicographical research with the new DLD and ALD interfaces”.

Seize this unique opportunity to learn about the potential of the new Database of Latin Dictionaries and Aristoteles Latinus Database interfaces, and to engage with the CTLO team.

Exciting developments have recently taken place with the launch of the new database structures and user interfaces for the Database of Latin Dictionaries and Aristoteles Latinus Database, and we’re thrilled to present them to you in our upcoming webinar. Join the collaborators of Brepols’ Centre “Traditio Litterarum Occidentalium” (CTLO) for a 30-minute session providing an in-depth overview of the new interfaces in general and of the CTLO’s new lemma database in particular.

Whether you’re a researcher, a student, or a librarian, this webinar will showcase the ways in which these tools can enhance your exploration of lexicographical problems. From interconnecting the various Brepolis Latin databases to facilitating your understanding of source texts, the benefits of these new tools are vast. We’ll conclude the session with an opportunity for you to engage with the CTLO team, so come prepared with your questions and feedback. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity – register for the webinar today!

Speakers: Yannick Anné, Scientific Collaborator Brepols/CTLO & Tim Denecker, Publishing Manager Brepols/CTLO 

When? Friday 21 April 2023 at 15:00 CEST / 08:00 EST

Who? Scholars, students, librarians

Duration? 30 minutes 

Round Table about Brepolis Medieval Databases at the Catholic University of Lublin (April 25th)

We are pleased to announce that a presentation and a round table about Brepols Medieval Databases (incl. the International Medieval Bibliography, the Lexikon des Mittelalters, the Library of Latin Texts, the Monumenta Germaniae Historica, and Papal Letters) will be organized at the Catholic University of Lublin on 25 April 2023.

Online Streaming will be available.

Aristoteles Latinus Database: new interface available!

The Aristoteles Latinus Database has received a major update: alongside the newly added Physiognomonica as translated by Bartholomew of Messina (ed. L. Devriese, 2019) and Books VI-X of De historia animalium as translated by William of Moerbeke (ed. P. Beullens & F. Bossier, 2021), the ALD also pilots an improved data organization and user interface. These innovations allow for closer integration with the Database of Latin Dictionaries and will gradually be implemented for the other Latin full-text databases on Brepolis too.

In the current blog post, we will highlight some of the ALD’s new features.

The new query syntax allows for more flexibility, including phrase searches and searching by lemma, all while remaining compatible with Boolean operators.

A similar improvement can be found in the more advanced tools to create a custom corpus. For example, you can search for the lemma anima in the Aristotelian translations of the thirteenth century, except for those translated by William of Moerbeke, as shown below.

If you know which Aristotelian passage is translated or commented upon, you can also navigate straight to a Bekker number.

Once you have performed your search, you can apply various filters in order to further limit the search results.

If the subdivision in sentences prevents you from finding what you are looking for, searching in a larger context can help retrieve further results (e.g. looking for co-occurrences of the lemmas dialectica and syllogismus).

In the Latin texts, the new Instrumenta tool allows you to click a word form for suggestions of translation and morphological analysis, and to click on to the corresponding headwords in the Database of Latin Dictionaries.

Each work and person (in the various possible roles of author, translator, revisor, …) is accompanied by a vocabulary tool, which allows you to look into the frequencies of word forms within the respective work(s).

The taxonomy allows you to browse through the database according to the Aristotelian work translated, the genre of the text, and the language from which it was translated.

We warmly invite you to explore the new Aristoteles Latinus Database and discover all of these – and many more! – features that have been added in the current update. Also, please do not hesitate to send us your feedback through the form you will find in the database.

If you are not yet subscribed to the Aristoteles Latinus Database, please contact Brepols Publishers at

Brepolis Databases on a Timeline

The BREPOLiS platform currently offers access to 24 databases in a broad variety of research areas of the Humanities. Because it is sometimes difficult to clearly identify the chronological demarcation of each database, we have brought them together in a convenient timeline.

A more detailed version of the timeline, including additional information on the ‘Typology’ of the various databases, the languages they cover, or the product clusters they belong to, can be downloaded here (PDF file).