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Roman Inscriptions of Britain

Roman Inscriptions of Britain is a 3-volume corpus of inscriptions found in Britain from the Roman period. It is an important reference work for all scholars of Roman Britain. This monumental work was initiated by Francis J. Haverfield – his notebooks were bequeathed to the University of Oxford. The first volume, "Inscriptions on Stone" was then edited by R.G. Collingwood and R.P. Wright with an addendum by R.S.O. Tomlin. It was first published in 1965, with a new edition in 1995.

Volume II is broadly the inscriptions found on instrumentum domesticum (domestic utensils).

Volume III (edited by R.S.O. Tomlin, R.P. Wright, and M.W.C. Hassall) is a continuation of Volume I, containing all the lapidary inscriptions found from the closing date of volume I through 31 December 2006.

There are also indexes published to the volumes allowing the scholar to quickly reference nomina and cognomina, military units, imperial titles, emperors and consuls, deities and so forth. Entries are also cross-referenced to the CIL and other indexes and journals as necessary.

References to RIB entries are usually written in the simple form. RIB 1726 refers to entry 1726 in volume I, in this particular case it is a part of an altar with the inscription [I(ovi)] O(ptimo) M(aximo) D(olicheno) | ...] Sabini fil(ia)| ...]ina, Regulus| ...]Publi[.... This inscription is shown here with the critical marks from the RIB intact.


  • Collingwood, R.G. and Wright, R.P. (1965). The Roman Inscriptions of Britain, I, Inscriptions on Stone. Oxford, Clarendon Press.
  • Tomlin, R.S.O. (1995). Addenda and Corrigenda to RIB I, in Collingwood and Wright 1965 (new edition 1995). Stroud, Alan Sutton Publishing Ltd.
  • Collingwood, R.G. and Wright, R.P. (1990–95). The Roman Inscriptions of Britain, II: Instrumentum Domesticum (in eight fascicules), Frere, S.S. and Tomlin, R.S.O. (eds.). Oxford.
  • Tomlin, R.S.O., Wright, R.P., and Hassall, M.W.C. (2009). The Roman Inscriptions of Britain, III: Inscriptions on Stone, found or notified between 1 January 1955 and 31 December 2006. Oxford, Oxbow Books.

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