Questions and Answers


Questions on the printed Thesaurus

Questions on the unpublished material

Questions on the printed Thesaurus and the CDROM/DVD

How can I buy the printed edition or the electronic version of the Thesaurus?

The printed and digital versions of the Thesaurus are distributed by De Gruyter. See the homepage of De Gruyter for all further information about ordering and pricing.

How do I get answers to technical questions on the electronic version?

Technical questions on the electronic version should be addressed to the publishing house De Gruyter (De Gruyter).

How do I find changes to the method of citation?

Over the years of writing the Thesaurus a few of the abbreviations for authors and works have changed. Changes up to 1990 are shown in the second edition of the Index librorum; later changes can be found under Index: addenda on our internet pages.

In what order are authors and works cited in the Thesaurus?

The order is in principle chronological, with slight divergences where a strict chronological order cannot reasonably be maintained; among other things works of the same author, and sometimes groups of works are kept together (cf. Cicero). You can find an overview under Ordo on our internet page.

Questions on the unpublished material

Can I get information from a Thesaurus article which is being prepared for publication?

If they are ready, we are happy to send you a copy of the relevant sections. If an article is in preparation, its author can give you information. It is important to limit the question as far as possible; references to corresponding passages in Forcellini, OLD etc. can be useful. Often it helps us to learn what researches you have already completed.

Can I get information from the unpublished material in the Thesaurus archive?

We are happy to answer your questions. But there are limits. The question must be one which we can answer with our material within a reasonable time. Enquiries of the type, 'Is there anywhere in res ?' can normally not be answered - even if we should like to know the answer ourselves.

What kind of questions can be easily answered?

Questions about the existence of a lemma ('Does repetisiosus occur?') or about the presence of a lemma in particular author ('Have you any instances of saginaculum in inscriptions?'). Here we are happy to give you the relevant passages from our material.

What questions have little hope of an answer?

Questions about particular meanings are hard to answer ('Does res occur in the sense of 'causa' ?). Here too the basic rule applies that we will sooner be able to find answers with rarer words than with common ones (for caus(s)a = 'res' see vol. III, 700, 62 sqq.). Since our material is NOT semantically arranged, extensive semantic or syntactic researches are unfortunately not possible.

Can I look at the material myself?

Researchers of every subject are always welcome as visitors. Please contact us before your visit (e-mail to Dr. Manfred Flieger,

Last changed: 5. 9. 2011, by J. Ramminger () (English version by N. Holmes).