Die Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker Part IV

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Subject: Classical Studies

General Editor: Stefan Schorn

Die Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker Continued.
Part IV is the continuation of Felix Jacoby's monumental work on ancient Greek fragmentary historians, Die Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker, which was published between 1923 and 1958. It includes the fragments of ancient Greek biography and antiquarian literature, a section that Jacoby was not able to publish before his death. Part IV will ultimately consist of 27 book volumes presenting the original Greek texts with translations and full commentaries, of which 3 volumes have been published in print. One volume is forthcoming in 2017, two others are scheduled for 2018. In the meantime, Brill's online edition provides electronic access to the rich materials that have been prepared so far: those already available in existing volumes as well as those that have been completed but have not yet gone to print.

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FGrHist IV.A.1: Preface (preface_1)

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Author(s): Schepens, G.
On his death in 1959, Felix Jacoby left incomplete the original plan for his massive and now standard edition and commentary, Die Fragmente der griechischen Historiker. Jacoby had managed to complete the first three parts out of the six he had planned, namely (I) Genealogy and Mythography, (II) Zeitgeschichte (Jacoby’s idiosyncratic term for the most prominent genre, viz. political-military history), and (III) Horography and Ethnography: together 17 sizable volumes, dealing with 856 consecutively numbered authors, published between 1923 and 19581. The present fascicle cont…

FGrHist IV.A.3: Preface (preface_3)

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Author(s): Bollansée, Jan
You only get one chance to make a first impression. The figure which Hermippos of Smyrna (H.), the third-centuiy b.c. Alexandrian writer best known for his biographical activity, cut with nineteenth-century (predominantly German) scholarship was a particularly poor one. This much can be gathered from the many bad names which the austere ‘Altertumswissenschaftler’ of yore called him: a sensation-lover with a vicious tongue, a scandalmonger, a systematical forger even. By and large, this image has stuck with H. over…

FGrHist IV.A.7: Preface (preface_7)

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Author(s): Radicke, Jan
When Jacoby died in 1959, his admirable Fragmente der Griechischen Histonker were left behind unfinished. Although Jacoby had published the enormous number of 856 authors, he nonetheless quite resignedly regarded his work as a mere “torso”1, and had indeed only completed half of the categories he had outlined in the ambitious preface to his first volume in 19232. Among the parts not finished were the Antiquarische Geschichte und Biographie, which Jacoby had planned to be the fourth main part of his work. In 1991 the completion of the missing part IV was taken in…