Dionysius Periegetes of Alexandria
(694 words)

1st half of the 2nd cent. AD;

Author of a Greek didactic poem on the subject of geography.


The didactic poem Periḗgèsis tês oikouménès was a read widely from Antiquity to the early 19th cent. The acrostic formed by the lines 513–532 dates it securely to the reign of the emperor Hadrianus [II] (117–138).


130 manuscripts document the wide diss…

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Landfester, Manfred, “Dionysius Periegetes of Alexandria”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 2 : Dictionary of Greek and Latin Authors and Texts, Edited by: Manfred Landfester, in collaboration with Brigitte Egger. Consulted online on 22 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-8647_bnps2_COM_0079>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004167834, 20090831

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