How the database is structured

Here’s a quick description of the various fields that are currently in the database (as of January 2020). You can use these in searches as outlined here. They also appear in the search area of the mapping page.

Name Definition
id Unique internal ID number, starting at 1000001 to avoid issues with leading zeroes.
name Common name of the temple, if any, typically in English.
dedicatee Divinity/-ies to whom the temple was dedicated, typically in English, using Roman (not Greek) version.
type Type of structure (temple, mithraeum, etc). Almost all are temples.
location Name of locale in which the temple is found, whether ancient or modern, smaller than a city or whatever is listed in ancient/modern place. For example, Campus Martius in Rome.
modernplace Modern name for the place in which the temple was found.
ancientplace Ancient name for the place in which the temple was found.
pleiadesplace Pleiades ID for the place in which the temple was found. Not to be confused with field “pleiades” which is the Pleiades entry that is the same as the database entry.
country Modern country in which the temple was found.
latitude Latitude of the location of the temple. Right now these all presume the exact location is known, that is, there’s no indication of accuracy.
longitude Longitude of the location of the temple. Right now these all presume the exact location is known, that is, there’s no indication of accuracy.
orientation Orientation in degrees (1-360°) of the temple, where 0/360° is north. These were mostly obtained from Google maps, though some are taken from published plans.
compass Conversion of orientation into one of eight directions (N, NE, E, etc).
vowed Year of vow for the building of the temple. Mainly applies to ones in the city of Rome. Negative numbers for BCE.
date Date (often descriptive, e.g., “early 1st c. BCE”) of the dedication/start of the temple.
startdateearly Date for the early side of the start-date range.
startdatelate Date for the late side of the start-date range.
century Century of start of temple’s use with negative number for BCE.
enddate Date for the end of temple’s use with negative number for BCE.
preceded ID of temple that preceded the one in question. Not much used yet.
succeeded ID of temple that replaced the one in question. Not much used yet.
sex Sex of the divinity to whom the temple is dedicated, including “both”.
dedicationday Calendar date for the dedication of the temple. Mainly applies to the city of Rome.
deitytype Description of the nature of the deity with multiple values possible. Allowed values are: god, hero, concept, city, emperor, family.
culture Culture to which the temple belonged, broadly speaking. For example, Greek or Roman.
style Architectural type of the temple.
extant Is the temple still in existence, even if fragmentary?
source Other database or project that was the original source for this entry.
meetings Did the Roman senate meet in the temple. Only applies to ones in the city of Rome.
note Pertinent note.
vici Vici.org ID for the temple.
pleiades Pleiades ID for the temple.
dare DARE ID for the temple (defunct?).
arachne DAIR’s Arachne ID for the temple.
livius Livius ID for the temple.
wikipedia Wikipedia article for the temple.
wikidata Wikidata ID for the temple.
digitalromanforum Digital Roman Forum ID for the temple.
digitalesforumromanum Digitales Forum Romanam ID for the temple.
trismegistos Trismegistos ID for the temple.
ads Archeological Data Service ID for the temple (British).
cona Getty Cultural Objects Names Authority ID for the temple.
topostext ID for the temple.
url External URL for the temple.
checked Whether I looked at the evidence for the the temple to confirm its existence.
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