Inscriptiones Graecae

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The Inscriptiones Graecae (IG), Latin for Greek inscriptions, is an academic project originally begun by the Prussian Academy of Science, and today continued by its successor organisation, the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften. Its aim is to collect and publish all known ancient inscriptions from the mainland and islands of Greece.

The project was designed as a continuation of the Corpus Inscriptionum Graecarum (Corpus of Greek Inscriptions, abbreviated CIG) published by August Böckh between 1825 and 1860, and as a parallel to the Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum (Corpus of Latin Inscriptions) founded by Theodor Mommsen in 1847. From 1860 to 1902, it was directed by Adolf Kirchhoff. From 1902 to 1931, Ulrich von Wilamowitz-Moellendorff was in control of the project; he reorganised and re-energised the IG, turning it into one of the most important series for the publication of source material in Classical studies.

After The Second World War, the project suffered from a lack of financial and motivational support. It came to a temporary halt in 1972, but was revived by the newly reformed Berlin-Brandenburg Academy in 1994.

So far, 49 fascicles have been published, some of them in several editions. The preparation of individual volumes is partially entrusted to external scholars, in which case the Berlin Academy retains the final editing. The Academy also maintains a collection of "squeezes" (mechanical paper copies) of Greek inscriptions. The project is currently directed by Peter Funke. Editors of previous volumes include Wilhelm Dittenberger, Friedrich Hiller von Gaertringen, Johannes Kirchner and Günther Klaffenbach.

All editorial texts are published in Latin, a fact that is occasionally criticised in view of the decreasing use of that language and the extra effort required from editors. Up to now, the inscriptions were published without translation, but since recently, German translations for all new volumes are available on the IG website.

List of Volumes and Parts[edit]

  • IG I² Inscriptiones Graecae I: Inscriptiones Atticae Euclidis anno (403/2) anteriores, 2nd edn., ed. Friedrich Hiller von Gaertringen. Berlin 1924.
  • IG I³ Inscriptiones Graecae I: Inscriptiones Atticae Euclidis anno anteriores. 3rd edn. Berlin 1981, 1994. Fasc. 1, ed. David Lewis, Decreta et tabulae magistratuum (nos. 1-500); fasc. 2, ed. David Lewis and Lilian Jeffery, Dedicationes. Catalogi. Termini. Tituli sepulcrales. Varia. Tituli Attici extra Atticam reperti. Addenda (nos. 501-1517).
  • IG II Inscriptiones Atticae aetatis quae est inter Euclidis annum et Augusti tempora, ed. Ulrich Koehler. Parts I-V. Berlin 1877-1895.
  • IG II² Inscriptiones Graecae II et III: Inscriptiones Atticae Euclidis anno posteriores, 2nd edn., Parts I-III, ed. Johannes Kirchner. Berlin 1913-1940. — Part I, 1-2 (1913-1916) = Decrees and Sacred Laws (Nos. 1-1369); Part II, 1-2 (1927-1931) = Records of Magistrates and Catalogues (Nos. 1370-2788); Part III, 1 (1935) = Dedications and Honorary Inscriptions (Nos. 2789-5219); Part III, 2 (1940) = Funerary Inscriptions (Nos. 5220-13247). — Part V, Inscriptiones Atticae aetatis quae est inter Herulorum incursionem et Imp. Mauricii tempora, ed. Ericus Sironen. Berlin 2008. (Nos. 13248-13690) [Texts in part V adapted from an electronic copy kindly provided by Prof. Dr. Klaus Hallof, director of the Inscriptiones Graecae program.]
  • IG II³ Inscriptiones Graecae II et III: Inscriptiones Atticae Euclidis anno posteriores, 3rd edn. Berlin 2012-. Part I, Leges et decreta. Fasc. 2, Leges et decreta annorum 352/1-322/1, ed. Stephen D. Lambert. Berlin 2012. (Nos. 292-386); fasc. 5, Leges et decreta annorum 229/8-168/7, ed. Voula N. Bardani and Stephen V. Tracy. Berlin 2012. (Nos. 1135-1461).*IG III Inscriptiones Atticae aetatis romanae, ed. Wilhelm Dittenberger. Parts I-II. Berlin 1878-1882.
  • IG III App. Inscriptiones Graecae III, Appendix: Defixionum Tabellae, ed. Richard Wuensch. Berlin 1897.
  • IG IV Inscriptiones Graecae IV = Inscriptiones graecae Aeginae, Pityonesi, Cecryphaliae, Argolidis, ed. Max Fraenkel. «Corpus inscriptionum graecarum Peloponnesi et insularum vicinarum», 1. Berlin 1902.
  • IG IV²,1 Inscriptiones Graecae, IV. Inscriptiones Argolidis. 2nd edn. Fasc. 1, Inscriptiones Epidauri, ed. Friedrich Hiller von Gaertringen. Berlin 1929.
  • IG V,1 Inscriptiones Graecae, V,1. Inscriptiones Laconiae et Messeniae, ed. Walter Kolbe. Berlin 1913.
  • IG V,2 Inscriptiones Graecae, V,2. Inscriptiones Arcadiae, ed. Friedrich Hiller von Gaertringen. Berlin 1913.*IG IX,1 Inscriptiones Graecae IX,1. Inscriptiones Phocidis, Locridis, Aetoliae, Acarnaniae, insularum maris Ionii, ed. Wilhelm Dittenberger. Berlin 1897.
  • IG VII Inscriptiones Graecae, VII. Inscriptiones Megaridis, Oropiae, Boeotiae, ed. Wilhelm Dittenberger. Berlin 1892.
  • IG IX,1² Inscriptiones Graecae IX,1. 2nd edn., ed. Günther Klaffenbach. Berlin 1932-1968. — Fasc. 1, Inscriptiones Aetoliae (1932); fasc. 2, Inscriptiones Acarnaniae (1957); fasc. 3, Inscriptiones Locridis occidentalis (1968).
  • IG IX,2 Inscriptiones Graecae, IX,2. Inscriptiones Thessaliae, ed. Otto Kern. Berlin 1908.
  • IG X,2 1 Inscriptiones Graecae, X: Inscriptiones Epiri, Macedoniae, Thraciae, Scythiae. Pars II, fasc. 1: Inscriptiones Thessalonicae et viciniae, ed. Charles Edson. Berlin 1972.
  • IG X,2 2 Inscriptiones Graecae, X: Inscriptiones Epiri, Macedoniae, Thraciae, Scythiae. Pars II, fasc. 2: Inscriptiones Macedoniae septentrionalis. Sectio prima: Inscriptiones Lyncestidis, Heracleae, Pelagoniae, Derriopi, Lychnidi, ed. Fanula Papazoglu, Milena Milin, Marijana Ricl, adiuvante Klaus Hallof. Berlin 1999.
  • IG XI,2 Inscriptiones Graecae XI. Inscriptiones Deli, fasc. 2, ed. Félix Durrbach. Berlin 1912. Nos. 105-289.
  • IG XI,4 Inscriptiones Graecae XI. Inscriptiones Deli, fasc. 4, ed. Pierre Roussel. Berlin 1914. Nos. 510-1349.
  • IG XII Suppl. Inscriptiones Graecae, XII. Supplementum, ed. F. Hiller von Gaertringen. Berlin 1939. Addenda to IG XII,2-3, 5, and 7-9.
  • IG XII,1 Inscriptiones Graecae, XII. Inscriptiones insularum maris Aegaei praeter Delum, 1. Inscriptiones Rhodi, Chalces, Carpathi cum Saro, Casi, ed. Friedrich Hiller von Gaertringen. Berlin 1895.
  • IG XII,2 Inscriptiones Graecae, XII. Inscriptiones insularum maris Aegaei praeter Delum, 2. Inscriptiones Lesbi, Nesi, Tenedi, ed. William R. Paton. Berlin 1899.
  • IG XII,3 Inscriptiones Graecae, XII. Inscriptiones insularum maris Aegaei praeter Delum, 3. Inscriptiones Symes, Teutlussae, Teli, Nisyri, Astypalaeae, Anaphes, Therae et Therasiae, Pholegandri, Meli, Cimoli, ed. Friedrich Hiller von Gaertringen. Berlin 1898. — With: Inscriptiones Graecae, XII,3. Supplementum, ed. Friedrich Hiller von Gaertringen. Berlin 1904.
  • IG XII,5 Inscriptiones Graecae XII,5. Inscriptiones Cycladum, ed. Friedrich Hiller von Gaertringen. 2 vols. Berlin 1903-1909. — Ios, Sikinos, Naxos, Paros, Oliaros, Siphnos, Seriphos, Kythnos, Keos, Gyaros, Syros, Andros and Tenos.
  • IG XII,6 Inscriptiones Graecae, XII. Inscriptiones insularum maris Aegaei praeter Delum, 6. Inscriptiones Chii et Sami cum Corassiis Icariaque. — Pars I. Inscriptiones Sami Insulae. Decreta. Epistulae, sententiae, edicta imperatoria. Leges. Catalogi. Tituli Atheniensium. Tituli honorarii. Tituli operum publicorum. Inscriptiones ararum (nos. 1-536), ed. Klaus Hallof. — Pars II. Inscriptiones Sami insulae. Dedicationes. Tituli sepulcrales. Tituli Christiani, Byzantini, Iudaei. Varia. Tituli graphio incisi. Incerta. Tituli Alieni. Inscriptiones Corassiarum (nos. 537-1216), ed. Klaus Hallof. Inscriptiones Icariae insulae (nos. 1217-1292), ed. Angelos P. Matthaiou. Berlin and New York 2000, 2003.
  • IG XII,7 Inscriptiones Graecae XII,7. Inscriptiones Amorgi et insularum vicinarum, ed. Jules Delamarre. Berlin 1908.
  • IG XII,8 Inscriptiones Graecae XII,8. Inscriptiones insularum maris Thracici, ed. Carl Friedrich. Berlin 1909. — Lemnos, Imbros, Samothrace, Thasos, Skiathos (etc.) and Skyros.
  • IG XII,9 Inscriptiones Graecae XII,9. Inscriptiones Euboeae insulae, ed. Erich Ziebarth. Berlin 1915.
  • IG XIV Inscriptiones Graecae, XIV. Inscriptiones Siciliae et Italiae, additis Galliae, Hispaniae, Britanniae, Germaniae inscriptionibus, ed. Georg Kaibel. Berlin 1890.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Reinhold Merkelbach: Überlegungen zur Fortführung der Inscriptiones Graecae. In: Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 117 (1997), S. 297–303 PDF
  • Reinhold Merkelbach: Nochmals Inscriptiones Graecae. In: Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 122 (1998), S. 293–299 PDF
    (Both articles express criticism of the continuation of IG in its traditional shape)

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