Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum (SEG)
Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum is an annual publication collecting newly published Greek inscriptions and studies on previously known documents. Every volume contains the harvest of a single year and covers the entire Greek world. Material later than the 8th century A.D. is not included.
- About SEG
- Editors and addresses
- History of SEG
- Subscriptions and orders
- Internet addresses for Greek epigraphists
SEG presents complete Greek texts of all new inscriptions with a critical apparatus; it summarizes new readings, interpretations and studies of known inscriptions, and occasionally presents the Greek text of these documents. However, texts which are published in epigraphical corpora, repertoria or monographs containing elaborate indices are normally not included.
The arrangement of the texts is geographical, according to the order of Inscriptiones Graecae, from IG I, Attica to IG XIV, Sicily-Italy. After that follow the areas of Asia Minor, Syria-Palaestina and Egypt. Within each geographical region the texts are grouped according to their place of origin, in alphabetical order; within each place the texts are arranged in chronological order according to four categories: public documents, dedications, epitaphs, miscellaneous.
There are elaborate indexes arranged under several rubrics, according to the order of Inscriptiones Graecae, from IG I, Attica to IG XIV, Sicily-Italy. After that follow the areas of Asia Minor, Syria-Palaestina and Egypt. Within each geographical region the texts are grouped according to their place of origin, in alphabetical order; within each place the texts are arranged in chronological order according to four categories: public documents, dedications, epitaphs, miscellaneous.
The editors wish to emphasize that they consider it their prime duty to collect texts and to report on epigraphic publications. Although they sometimes comment on texts, or critically evaluate restorations or interpretations, they do not endorse the views or pass judgement on the quality of other scholars' publications.
SEG and Ancient History
The concordance and the elaborate indexes in each volume give ancient historians, classicists, archaeologists, and others access to the epigraphical sources. Included are not only indexes of names of men and women, geographical names, etc., but also religious and military affairs, important Greek words, and selected topics. Moreover, the Varia section at the end of each volume contains summaries of the contents of books and articles which are significantly based on inscriptions. It covers a wide range of subjects from 'alphabet' to 'widows'. SEG is a research instrument for all scholars, including non-specialists, who want to know what epigraphy has to offer for their specific research interests in the field of Graeco-Roman civilization. It is specially designed so that the uninitiated can easily find their way to relevant material. Research is greatly facilitated by the fact that two consolidated indexes have been published, one covering SEG XXVI-XXXV (1976-1985) by H. Roozenbeek (ed. 1990) and one covering SEG XXXVI-XLV (1986-1995) by J.H.M. Strubbe (ed. 1999).
Editors (since 2003)
Prof. R.S. Stroud, responsible for Attica and the Peloponnesos
University of California, Dept. of Classics,
Dwinelle Hall, Berkeley CA 94720, USA
Prof. A. Chaniotis, responsible for the rest of mainland Greece and the Aegean islands (Crete included, Cyprus excluded); since 2003 also Asia Minor Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Seminar fur Alte Geschichte
Marstallhof 4, D-69117 Heidelberg, Germany
Fax: ++ 0 62 21 542234 (Heidelberg)
Dr. J.H.M. Strubbe, responsible for the rest of the Greek world Leiden University, Fac. of Humanities, History Department
P.O. Box 9515, NL-2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands
Fax: ++ 31 71 5272652
Assistant Editors (since 2003)
Dr. R.A. Tybout, Leiden Leiden University, Fac. of Humanities, History Department P.O. Box 9515, NL-2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands
Fax: ++ 31 71 5272652
Dr. M.B. Richardson, Athens American School of Classical Studies,
54 Souidias Street, 106 76 Athens, Greece
Fax: ++ 3 01 7294047
Dr. Th. Corsten, Heidelberg
Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Seminar fur Alte Geschichte,
Marstallhof 4, D-69117 Heidelberg, Germany
Dr. E. Sverkos, Thessalonika E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Advisory editors (since 2003)
- Prof. A. Martin (Brussels): Syria-Palaestina, Egypt, the Near East
- Prof. H.W. Pleket (Leiden): Asia Minor
- Prof. M.L. Lazzarini (Rome): area of IG XIV
- Prof. A. Avram (Bucharest): area of IG X
The origin of SEG
SEG was founded in 1923 by the Dutch scholar J.J.E. Hondius. Its purpose was to publish all the new discoveries of Greek inscriptions throughout the ancient world and all studies which had appeared about known inscriptions each year in a separate volume. At that time Greek epigraphy was severely hampered by poor bibliographic organisation: new inscriptions and epigraphical studies were published in several hundred journals and countless monographs, including corpora, Festschriften, proceedings of congresses and symposiums, excavation reports, travel accounts and the like. Since that time, unfortunately, the chaotic dispersion of epigraphic studies has only grown worse. The result is that access to epigraphical source material for historians of antiquity and even for epigraphists is exceedingly difficult to gain.
Between 1923 and 1950, Hondius completed twelve volumes, after which the project was taken over by A.G. Woodhead of Cambridge. The language used was Latin. Together Hondius and Woodhead published twenty-five volumes, a remarkable achievement which provided a valuable service. They were supported by several international advisers. Fruitful and useful as SEG I-XXV was, it never succeeded in covering all the areas of the ancient world systematically every year. Individual volumes sometimes concentrated on inscriptions from one area, such as SEG V, X, and XXI on Attica. Systematic coverage of the annual harvest of inscriptions from the entire Greek world was achieved only by the strenuous efforts of J. and L. Robert in their priceless "Bulletin Epigraphique" in REG, in which, however, new texts were not reprinted and there were no annual indexes. The bibliography of Greek epigraphy remained chaotic. In 1971 A.G. Woodhead was unable to continue as editor and the publication of SEG came to a halt.
The revival of SEG
In 1978, two new co-editors, H.W. Pleket (Leiden University) and R.S. Stroud (University of California at Berkeley), resumed publication of SEG and set out to realize its original aim of covering all of the Greek world annually. They took the publication one step further by making the material more accessible to historians by the addition of detailed indexes. Latin ceded its place to English. Since that time, Stroud and his staff (Dr. S.B. Aleshire (†); and since 1997 Dr. M.B. Richardson) have taken care of inscriptions from Attica and the Peloponnnese; Pleket and his staff (first W. Peeters; since 1980 Dr. R.A. Tybout; since 1988 also Dr. J.H.M. Strubbe) have assumed responsibility for the rest of the Greek world. From the outset, four prominent scholars from both Western and Eastern Europe were invited to be advisory-editors.
The first volume of the 'new' SEG appeared in 1979, XXVI containing the harvest for 1976. Since then, every year one volume has appeared. Volume XLIX, 1999, was published at the beginning of 2003 (ca. 930 pages). Two consolidated indexes have been produced (for XXVI-XXXV by H. Roozenbeek; for XXXVI-XLV by J.H.M. Strubbe). Since volume XLII, 1992 J.H.M. Strubbe (Leiden) has assumed the function of editor alongside H.W. Pleket, who retired as Professor of Ancient History at Leiden University. In 1998 Professor A. Chaniotis (Heidelberg) joined the board of editors; his staff consists of Dr. E. Sverkos and since 2003 also of Dr. Th. Corsten. In 2003 H.W. Pleket retired as senior editor. The advisory-editors of the new SEG are, or were, A. Avram (Bucharest), J. Bingen (Brussels), P. Herrmann (†) (Hamburg), M.L. Lazzarini (Rome), A. Martin (Brussels), G. Mihailov (†) (Sofia), L. Moretti (†) (Rome), V. Velkov (†) (Sofia) and J.G. Vinogradov (†) (Moscow). They help the editors trace relevant literature and scrutinize that part of the manuscript which pertains to ‘their’ area.
SEG in book format is published and distributed by Brill. All volumes are currently available.
For information on the series please see the Brill webpage on SEG and for ordering information click here.
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