Dionysius Periegetes

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This article is about the topographical poet. For the Pope of Alexandria, see Pope Dionysius of Alexandria.

Dionysius Periegetes (Greek: Διονύσιος ὁ Περιηγητής, literally Dionysius the Voyager or Traveller, often Latinized to Dionysius Periegeta), also known as Dionysius of Alexandria, was the author of a description of the then-known world in Greek hexameter verse. He is believed to have been from Alexandria and to have lived around the time of Hadrian (r. 117–138 CE), though some date his lifetime as late as the end of the 3rd century.

The work enjoyed popularity in ancient times as a schoolbook. It was translated into Latin by Rufius Festus Avienus, and by the grammarian Priscian. There is a commentary by Eustathius of Thessalonica.

Karte Dionysius

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Editions and translations[edit]

  • Twyne, Thomas, ed. (1572). The Surveye of the World, or Situation of the Earth, so muche as is inhabited. London. 
  • Dionysius Periegetes (1705). Ursin, Georg Heinrich, ed. Οικουμένης περιήγησης – Dionysii Orbis Terrae Descriptio. Ratisbon. 
  • Bernhardy, Gottfried, ed. (1828). Geographici Graeci minores ... 1. Dionysius Periēgētes Graece et Latine cum vetustis commentariis et interpretationibus. Leipzig. : reprinted Hildesheim: Olms, 1974 ISBN 3-487-04910-4.
  • Müller, Karl, ed. (1861). Geographici Graeci minores e codicibus recognovit prolegominis annotatione instruxit tabulis aeri incisis illustravit Carolus Mullerus ... 2. Orbus descriptio. Bibliotheca scriptorum Graecorum 26. Paris: Didot. : reprinted Hildesheim: Olms, 1974 ISBN 3-487-04911-2.
  • Free, John (1789). Tyrocinium geographicum Londinense, or, The London geography, consisting of Dr. Free's Short lectures, compiled for the use of his pupils, to which is added by the editor, translated from the Greek into English blank verse, the Periegesis of Dionysius ... from the edition of Dr. Wells, containing the antient and modern science. London. 
  • Jacob, Christian (1990). La Description de la terre habitée de Denys d'Alexandrie ou la leçon de géographie. Paris: Albin Michel. ISBN 2-226-03958-9.  (French)
  • Dionisio di Alessandria (2005). Amato, Eugenio, ed. Descrizione della Terra abitata. Milan: Bompiani Testi a fronte. ISBN 88-452-3372-3.  (Italian)
  • Dionysius Periegetes (2014). Lightfoot, J.L., ed. Description of the Known World. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-967558-6. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Ulrich Bernays: Studien zu Dionysius Periegetes. Heidelberg: Winter, 1905.
  • E. H. Bunbury, A history of ancient geography among the Greeks and Romans from the earliest ages till the fall of the Roman Empire, 2 vols, London, 1879; 2nd edn 1883. Bunbury (vol. 2, p. 480) regards Dionysius as having flourished from the reign of Nero (54–68 CE) to that of Trajan (98–117 CE).