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(ἡ Σοῦδα; hē Soûda). The name S. (or Suidas) refers to a large extant Greek-Byzantine historical encyclopaedia compiled in the 10th cent. AD (possibly under Iohannes Tzimiskes, 969-976) and organised lexically and alphabetically by key-words. In the S., the compilers combined the entirety of material accessible to them by referring to older compilations, among other things (in this sense, the S. is a 'compilation from compilations').

The form and meaning of the name S. have long been debated: until c. 1930, it was assumed to be the author's name but this cla…

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Tosi, Renzo (Bologna), “Suda”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 17 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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