The Corpus Signorum Imperii Romani (CSIR) is an international academic enterprise begun over 50 years ago. Its aim is to document the immense sculptural heritage of the Roman Empire.
These webpages are hosted by the Classical Art Research Centre on behalf of the International Association for Classical Archaeology (AIAC). They offer links, guidelines, and information on the project for all users and contributors.
In 2013 the Corpus Signorum Imperii Romani (CSIR) turned fifty. It began in 1963 on the occasion of the International Congress of Classical Archaeology (CIAC) and has been since then promoted by the International Association of Classical Archaeology. It has now produced nearly one hundred volumes dedicated to the sculptural and architectural heritage of the Roman world, forming a fundamentally important academic reference-work, particularly for the study of Roman provincial art and archaeology. To celebrate the anniversary, AIAC decided to give new impetus to the Corpus by introducing some new features designed to ensure the survival of the Corpus for the next fifty years, given the changing historical conditions which our discipline will have to face.
In order to confront these issues, AIAC has created an international scientific committee, with the aim of promoting future research and publication projects, print and online, to establish guidelines and criteria, and to offer a central reference-point for already existing national committees and for other national and international institutions and projects. Among the purposes is also the creation of open and non-hierarchically structured networks in order to supply information and exchange of knowledge. The new website will host links to and information on other initiatives in the field of sculpture in the Roman Empire and will collect suggestions from scholars and groups involved in CSIR-projects. A metasearch engine has also been proposed. The International Committee, designated by AIAC, will remain in office for the five years between two AIAC Congresses (2013-2018). Its purpose is to ensure a plurality of approaches and scientific guidelines, following the suggestions from national committees and members of current projects.