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Stephanos von Byzanz, Ethnika (Abschluss von Band II)

Applicant Billerbeck Margarethe
Number 109246
Funding scheme Project funding
Research institution Institut du monde antique et byzantin Faculté des lettres Université de Fribourg
Institution of higher education University of Fribourg - FR
Main discipline Ancient history and Classical studies
Start/End 01.10.2005 - 30.09.2006
Approved amount 45'240.00
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Keywords (10)

ANTIKE; KRITISCHE EDITION; Stephanus of Byzantium; Critical edition with translation; Ancient place names; Ancient geography; Ancient ethnography; Greek lexicography; Greek grammarians; Early Byzantine scholarship

Lay Summary (English)

Lay summary
The aim of this project is to prepare a critical edition and an annotated translation of Stephanus of Byzantium's geographical lexicon (Ethnika).Stephanus was an author of the sixth century CE. His work, more or less the Byzantine Encyclopaedia Britannica of the ancient world, has come down to us only in abridged form. It lists in some 3600 articles names of places, mountains, lakes, rivers, waters and peoples. Besides toponyms and their derivatives, much genealogical and mythological information, as well as many quotations and paraphrases from authors unknown from other sources. The last edition of the text, by A. Meineke, dates back to 1849.One of our main aims is to provide a text based on a reliable study of the textual transmission. Besides a critical apparatus, an apparatus containing sources, the parallels and testimonia will contribute to an analysis of the indirect textual tradition. The translation will be the first in a modern language, thus providing access to the text to readers who are not well acquainted with the ancient languages. This lexicon is an important source for interdisciplinary research in fields such as ancient geography, historiography, and topography, and for studies on the concept of the polis.
The first volume (letters alpha to gamma) has appeared in 2006. The second volume (letters epsilon to kappa) is planned for publication in 2008.
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Associated projects

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