FGrHist V

Edition, Translation and Commentary of the Ancient Geographers' Fragments

History of Research

fig.1 Map © DAIFelix Jacoby (March 19, 1876 - November 10, 1959) first announced his plan to publish FGrHist, Fragments of the Greek Historians, in a programmatic speech in Berlin in 1908, and a year later (Klio 9 1909, 80 -123) he published a detailed text, outlining the development of Greek historiography and setting out its program of work, in which he would go on to play an integral role. The principle of his selection and ordering was based on the historical development of historiography and the structure of the work (I. Genealogy and Mythography; II. Universal and Contemporary History Chronography; III. Ethnography and Horographie; IV Antiquarian history and biography, V. Geography, VI. indeterminate authors, Theory of Historiography).
The volumes of Felix Jacoby (FGrHist I-III, 1923-1958) are therefore an essential resource for classical research, but he was unable to finish his work on the Fragments of the Greek Historians, and in the 1920s, a Freiburger scholar named Friedrich Gisinger was charged with working on the fifth section of the project (FGrHist V). Gisinger died in 1964 before he was able to complete his work on the fragments, but in 1996, under the guidance of H.-J. Gehrke, the work on FGrHist V was resumed at the Seminar for Ancient History at the University of Freiburg im Breisgau.
D. Meyer coordinated the continued work on the collection, and from June 2002 to 2006 A. Arenz was put in charge of organizing these international projects.
Since late 2008, V. Bucciantini has been responsible for the coordination and organization of FGrHist V.

Recent Activities

The project involves three sections (batches), which will be published first on an online-platform in electronic form, and will subsequently be published in book form (probably in five volumes) by the publisher Brill of Leiden.
The first section of the work, with 30 geographical authors, was published online in April 2010: Demetrios von Skepsis, Hypotyposis, Pinax zur Hypotyposis, Diagnosis, Polybios von Megalopolis, Sataspes, Athenagoras, Bakoris, Botthaios, Diogenianos, Ophelas, Simmeas, Skymnos, Phileas von Athen, Alexandros von Myndos, Euthymenes von Massalia, Zenothemis, Hanno von Karthago, Junior Philosophus, Philemon, Hippalos, Promathos von Samos, Eudoxos von Kyzikos, Pythagoras, Hieron von Soloi, Theophilos, Anonymi Peripli Ponti Euxini, Nikagoras, Pseudo Plutarch, Protagoras.
The second section was processed in 2011 and it will be added to the online-edition in summer 2012. It features 29 other authors: Agatharchides von Knidos, Alexander von Ephesos, Apollonides, Artemidoros von Ephesos, Damastes von Sigeion, Kleobulos, Diognetos, Kleon von Syrakus, Periplus Maris Erythraei, Phileas von Athen, [Skylax], Stadiasmos, Timagetos, Timostehenes von Rhodos, Timotheos, Xenophon von Lampsakos, Anaximandros von Milet, Anaximenes von Milet, Bion von Abdera, Dionysodoros von Melos, Krates von Mallos, Marinos von Tyros, Oinopides von Chios, Geminos, Kleomedes, Alexandros von Myndos, Euthymenes von Massalia, Simias sowie spätere Indienfahrer.
The third section comprises 40 geographical authors and will be published in Brill Online in summer 2013. They are: Apellas, Dionysios von Kyrene, Aristeides von Milet, Arrianos von Nikomedeia, Avienus, Demokles von P(h)ygela, Dikaiarchos, Dionysios von Byzantion, Dionysios S. d. Kalliphon, Dionysios Periegetes, Expositio totius mundi et gentium, Herakleides Kritikos, Knossos, Markianos von Herakleia, Menekrates von Elaia, Menippos von Pergamon, Menogenes, Mnasea von Patara, Pausimachos von Samos, Perimetros, Ps.-Plutarch, Poseidonios von Apameia, Priscianus, Achilleus (Tatios), Agathemeros, Demokritos von Abdera, Eratosthenes von Kyrene, Eudoxos von Knidos, Hipparchos von Nikaia, Pappos von Alexandreia, Archias von Pella, Diodoros von Samos, Diogenes, Dioskoros, Himilkon von Karthago, Euktemon von Athen, Iulius Maternus, Maes (Titianus), Pytheas von Massalia, Septimius Flaccus.


fig.2 Babylonian Map © DAIThe editorial project aims to complete the great undertaking of Felix Jacoby, in editing and commenting on the Greek historical fragments (FGrHist), which the geographer, to whom section V is dedicated, began to do over 100 years ago.
The edition project of the fifth part (FGrHist V) involves 47 researchers from 9 countries for 99 ancient authors. The fragments are, according to the procedure of F. Jacoby, edited with philological and historical commentaries, and they can also, unlike Jacoby, be translated into English, German, French or Italian, according to the choice of the author.

Cooperation / Cooperation partners

The editorial project, FGrHist V, has gained a great international reputation for the study of ancient history, and especially for the historical geography of the ancient world. FGrHist V is part of the international project of D. Marcotte (Reims) for Les sociétés méditerranéenes et l’océan Indien: Genèse des représentations, interactions culturelles et formation des savoirs, des périples grecs aux routiers portugais (MeDIan).
Coopoeration Partners: Università degli Studi di Firenze (S. Bianchetti), Università degli Studi di Perugia (F. Prontera), Université Lyon 2, Maison de l'Orient et de la Méditerranée (P. Arnaud), V. Bucciantini (Gerda Henkel Foundation).
The coordinator of the project, V. Bucciantini, left her position in DAI (German Archeological Institut) Headquarters in Berlin on 30 April 2011, and in May 2011 started work at the Department of Ancient History at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg im Breisgau, with a research grant for the project from the Gerda Henkel Foundation: Karten im Kopf. Grundlagenforschung zu geographischen Weltbildern der Antike in ihrer Relation zur empirischen Erkundung.


The project was funded by the DFG and is currently supported indirectly by the Gerda Henkel Foundation.


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