Dionysius Periegetes

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Dionysius Periegetes (Greek: Διονύσιος ὁ Περιηγητής, literally Dionysius the Voyager or Traveller, often Latinized to Dionysius Periegeta) 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.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Dionysius Periegetes (Georg Heinrich Ursin, ed.), Οικουμένης περιήγησης - Dionysii Orbis Terrae Descriptio, Ratisbon, 1705.Dionysii Orbis Terrae Descriptio
  • Edward Herbert Bunbury (Ancient Geography, Vol. 2, p. 480) regards the author as flourishing from the reign of Nero (54–68 CE) to that of Trajan (98–117 CE).
  • Geographici Graeci minores ... 1. Dionysius Periēgētes Graece et Latine cum vetustis commentariis et interpretationibus ex recensione et cum annotatione Godofredi Bernhardy. Lipsiae [Leipzig], 1828; edition by Gottfried Bernhardy - reprinted Hildesheim: Olms, 1974 ISBN 3-487-04910-4.
  • Geographici Graeci minores e codicibus recognovit prolegominis annotatione instruxit tabulis aeri incisis illustravit Carolus Mullerus ... 2. Orbus descriptio ... Parisiis [Paris]: Didot, 1861 (Bibliotheca scriptorum Graecorum; v. 26); edition by Carl Müller - reprinted Hildesheim: Olms, 1974 ISBN 3-487-04911-2.
  • The surveye of the world, or, Situation of the Earth, Englished by T. Twine [sic, i.e., Thomas Twyne. London, 1572
  • John Free: 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. 2 pts. London, 1789 (with another edition in 1790). The editor to whom the title refers was in fact Beckwith Dodwell Free.
  • 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 v. London, 1879. This edition has appeared twice in reprint: Amsterdam: Gieben, 1979 (ISBN 90-70265-11-7) and Osnabrück: Kuballe, 1985 (ISBN 90-6041-110-2). The second edition (1883) was reprinted in 1959 (New York: Dover).
  • Ulrich Bernays: Studien zu Dionysius Periegetes. Heidelberg: Winter, 1905.