Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 2 : Dictionary of Greek and Latin Authors and Texts

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Edited by: Manfred Landfester
The Dictionary of Greek and Latin Authors and Texts gives a clear overview of authors and Major Works of Greek and Latin literature, and their history in written tradition, from Late Antiquity until present: papyri, manuscripts, Scholia, early and contemporary authoritative editions, translations and comments.

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Socrates of Constantinople

(520 words)

Author(s): Heil, Uta
b. after AD 381; d. after AD 439; Greek Christian historian; lawyer in Constantinople. Works History of the church covering the period 305–439, meant to be a continuation of the Ecclesiastical History of Eusebius [7] of Caesarea. Commissioned by Cassiodorus , parts of this history were translated into Latin by Epiphanius [3] Scholasticus ( Historia tripartita; also with excerpts from Sozomenus; eds. W. Jacob, R. Hanslik, CSL 71, 1952). Manuscripts The ten extant Greek manuscripts descend from two hyparchetypes. In addition, the Syriac, Latin, and particularly the …

Sophocles

(1,499 words)

Author(s): Landfester, Manfred
b. 497/496 BC in Athens; d. 406/405 BC also in Athens; Greek author of tragedies and satyr plays. Works Of his 123 plays (tragedies and satyr plays), seven tragedies, and one satyr play (in fragments) are extant. Papyri Only sparse papyrus fragments have been found. Manuscripts The Byzantine Triad ( Ajax; Electra; and King Oedipus) is extant in numerous, albeit poor-quality codices. On the whole, approximately 190 manuscripts are known. Translations The earliest editions were followed, by around the middle of the 16th cent., by Latin translations. Translations into…

Soranus of Ephesus

(904 words)

Author(s): Fischer, Klaus-Dietrich
b. in Ephesus, active in Rome at the time of the emperors Trajan and Hadrian (late 1st/early 2nd cent.); Greek physician; most famous representative of the Methodist school of physicians. Works Titles of approximately 20 works are confirmed. These range in subject matter from philosophy (4 books on the soul), and linguistic research (etymology of the anatomical terminology), to commentaries on Hippocrates, and original medical works. Unfortunately, most of his œuvre is now lost. From the modern perspective, his most important works are the books On Acute and Chronic Diseases (extant…

Sozomenus, Salminius Hermias (Sozomen)

(529 words)

Author(s): Heil, Uta
active in the 1st half of the 5 cent. AD; Greek Christian historian; advocate Constantinople. Works History of the church in 9 books, covering the period 323–422, meant to be a continuation of the Ecclesiastical History of Eusebius [7] of Caesarea. Commissioned by Cassiodorus , parts of this history were translated into Latin by Epiphanius [3] Scholasticus ( Historia tripartita; also with excerpts from Sozomenus; edited by W. Jacob/R. Hanslik, CSL 71, 1952). Manuscripts Of the 10 manuscripts that are extant, only three are independent textual witnesses descending from…

Statius , Papinius Publius

(674 words)

Author(s): Rühl, Meike
b. ca. AD 45 in Naples; d. ca. AD 96; Roman epic poet and writer of occasional verse. Works The epic poems Achilleid (incomplete), and Thebaid, as well as a collection of occasional verse ( Silvae). Manuscripts The Thebaid is transmitted in more than 160 manuscripts, the Silvae in only a single manuscript. Works Latin Title English Title Dating Brief Description 1 Achilleis ( Ach.) Achilleid 95 Epic poem about the life of Achilleus [1] in 2 bks.; unfinished 2 Silvae ( Silv.) Forests 89–95 Occasional verse; bk. 5 unfinished 3 Thebais ( Theb.) Thebaid 92 Epic poem about the battle for Thebes…

Stobaeus, Io(h)annes

(1,045 words)

Author(s): Ciccolella, Federica
probably b. in Stobi (Macedonia), 4th/5th cent. AD; author of a Greek collection of excerpts; nothing is known about his life. Works Transmitted under the name of Stobaeus is a collection of excerpts from more than 500 Greek authors (prose and poetry), ranging from Homerus [1] to Themistius , generally referred to as Anthológion. It is dedicated to Stobaeus’ son Septimius. The original four books are transmitted in two parts: Eklogaí (books 1–2), and Anthológion (books 3–4). The term for the second book is also used to describe the work as a whole. Manuscripts The division of the work in…

Strabo

(403 words)

Author(s): Hagelberg, Leonie
b. ca. 62 BC in Amaseia in the Pontus; d. ca. AD 24; Greek geographer and historian. Works Extant: Geōgraphiká in 17 books (complete except for the end of book 7). Papyri Only sparse papyrus remains have been found. Manuscripts Approximately 30 manuscripts are extant. Translations Prior to the ed. princ., the Geōgraphiká was disseminated in Latin translation. Works Greek Title Latin Title English Title Dating Brief Description 1 Γεωγραφικά / Geōgraphiká Geographica Geography published posthumously Geog. description of the entire known world at that time Manuscripts Name / Number Dati…

Suetonius Tranquillus, Gaius

(963 words)

Author(s): Pausch, Dennis
b. ca. AD 70; d. ca. AD 140 (?); Latin biographer. Works Biographies of scholars and men of letters (partially extant); biographies of the Roman emperors from Caesar to Domitian. Manuscripts The imperial biographies are transmitted in more than 200 manuscripts, the oldest dating from the early 9th cent. Up to the Middle Ages, the extant part of his biographies of men of letters ( De viris illustribus) was transmitted in only a single codex. It was only in 1425 that a Carolingian copy (which also contained a collection of Tacitus’ minor works) was discovered in …