Hesperia

Banco de datos de lenguas paleohispánicas

The Hesperia Project

The HESPERIA Paleohispanic Languages Data Bank is maintained by a team of researchers at the Complutense University in Madrid, the University of the Basque Country, the University of Zaragoza and the University of Barcelona, with funding from the Spanish Government Ministry of the Economy and Competitiveness.

The Hesperia project began in 1997 under the direction of Professor Javier de Hoz at the Complutense University in Madrid; since then a growing number of different researchers from the Complutense University itself, the University of the Basque Country, the University of Barcelona and the University of Zaragoza have also taken part in the project.

It is the outcome of successive research projects funded by the Ministry of Science and Research, and especially the coordinated project carried out during the final triennium 2010-2012: Linguistic and Epigraphic Studies on Paleohispanic Languages (FFI2009-13292-C01-3), in which researchers from the above-mentioned universities took part.

Description of the project

During this coordinated research project, which brought together complementary disciplines such as linguistics, epigraphy and ancient history, Iberian inscriptions in the South of France and practically all Celtiberian inscriptions were completed. The Hesperia Data Bank was expanded and improved with new material that was not previously included, such as Paleohispanic coin legends and the indigenous personal names of Hispania. Simultaneously, the Bank was provided with an important graphic element as well as advanced computer resources, among which the capacity to generate maps from a choice of any kind of data stands out. The results of all this are now available online.

Furthermore, an objective of this coordinated project was to extend our understanding of several linguistic and epigraphic aspects. Among the former one should highlight nominal formation in both Celtiberian and Iberian as well as the drawing up of a single and coherent Iberian lexicon which will be incorporated into the Data Bank in the near future. Among the latter, there has been a focus on Paleohispanic Iberian coin legends and studying all the supports of Paleohispanic inscriptions. An accurate classification and definition of these supports is helpful when it comes to understanding the texts themselves and their chronology. Finally, within the field of epigraphy, there has been an attempt to draw up a single and comprehensive catalogue of all the palaeographic varieties of Iberian scripts, thereby addressing the issue of the variety and disparate nature of current classifications.

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