Institut für Klassische Archäologie

The “Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Phoenician Culture” (EDPC) is a research project originally (2009) promoted by the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (ISCIMA = Istituto di Studi sulle Civiltà Italiche e del Mediterraneo Antico, currently ISMA = Istituto di Studi sul Mediterraneo Antico, Roma) in synergy with the CSIC (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid) and (since 2015) the University of Tübingen, Katholisch-Theologische Fakultät, Abt. Biblische Einleitung und Zeitgeschichte. Its aim is to provide complete and up-to-date information on Phoenician and Punic culture. It is presented as a dictionary, published online and in book form. The work is composed of more than 2300 entries, divided into six categories:

Historical Characters, Deities and Mythical Characters, Cult and Ritual, Written Sources, Language,

Epigraphy and Literature, Society and Economy, Archaeological Sites – I. Eastern Mediterranean.

Each entry is written by one or more specialists in order to combine methodology and expertise. Thanks to an internal cross-reference system, all information is presented analytically. The main objective is to provide students and scholars with a reliable tool, in terms of content and methodology, which includes a basic bibliography for each lemma.

The website is available for the general public. For the time being, the “Entries (texts)” section is at the moment reserved for the collaborators of the DECF/EDPC. Permission to consult this section will be given by the Scientific Editorial Board upon request.


Paolo Xella

(CNR = Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Roma)

José Ángel Zamora López

(since 2010, Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid).

Herbert Niehr

(since 2015, Universität Tübingen, Katholisch-Theologische Fakultät, Abt. Biblische Einleitung und Zeitgeschichte).

Associate Editors:

Wilfred George E. Watson (since 2017), Andrea Ercolani (since 2019), Valentina Melchiorri (since 2019).