Hecataeus of Miletus
(201 words)

ca. 560–480 BC;

early Greek geographer and historiographer.


Apart from his critique of the map of the world by Anaximander, two further works are known through fragments: Periḗgēsis gēs (‘World Survey’, or ‘Journey Round the World’) and Genealogíai (‘Genealogies’). Hecataeus’ rationalism, and his empirical approach, exerted a crucial influence on the history of geography and historiography. Even though there are a considerable number of fragments (ca. 350), they are mostly very short.


Cite this page
Landfester, Manfred, “Hecataeus of Miletus”, 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_0099>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004167834, 20090831

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