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Modern editions of Strabo’s Geography are based on the thirty or so manuscripts that have survived from the Middle Ages. These manuscripts are not identical, each containing errors that have arisen in the process of transcription. A modern editor notes how and where the wording of one manuscript differs from another and decides what form of words is most likely to have featured in the original. The record of rejected wording is called the critical apparatus and is provided at the foot of each page of Greek text. These ‘critical editions’ are the most authoritative and useful from the point of view of studying the text. Other editions present the text without critical apparatus but add other useful features, such as translation and commentary.

Since the Geography is an exceptionally long work, each modern edition occupies several volumes. Any one such volume of a modern edition may contain more than one of the seventeen ‘Books’ into which the Geography has been divided since antiquity. (For example, Vol. 3 of the edition by Radt contains Books 9-13 of the Geography.) This can be confusing for the newcomer to Strabo, especially since the entries in library catalogues are often garbled. The list below spells out the contents of each edition on a per volume basis.

Editions of the Geography are often decades in the making. Editions are shown in reverse chronological order based on the date of publication of the first volume. Early editions (Jones 1917-32, and before) are available online or as e-books: click on the links provided in the list below.

RADT, STEFAN L. (2002-11), ed. and tr.  Strabons Geographika. Vols. 1-10, containing Books 1-17. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht. Greek text, with full critical apparatus, German translation, and commentary. Radt’s edition covers Strabo’s work in its entirety, in contrast to several previous editors who, despite intending to edit and publish all seventeen books, stalled out or died before reaching their goal (Aujac et al., Aly, Sbordone). Radt was also able to make use of some fragments of second century papyrus rolls, and parts of a dismembered fifth century manuscript, which had been unavailable, or only partially available, to earlier editors. For Radt’s methodology, see Radt (1991), (1993), (1994), (1995) and (1996).

Vol. 1 (2002), Greek text and German translation of Books 1-4. Review: Pothecary (2003).
Vol. 2 (2003), Greek text and German translation of Books 5-8.
Vol. 3 (2004), Greek text and German translation of Books 9-13.
Vol. 4 (2005), Greek text and German translation of Books 14-17. Review: Nadig (2006).
Vol. 5 (2006), commentary on Books 1-4.
Vol. 6 (2007), commentary on Books 5-8.
Vol. 7 (2008), commentary on Books 9-13.
Vol. 8 (2009), commentary on Book 14-17.
Vol. 9 (2010), Greek text of the Epitome and Chrestomathy (abbreviated versions of the Geography made in the fourteenth and ninth centuries respectively). Some sections of the Epitome and Chrestomathy are excluded from Vol. 9 (see pp. 65 and 290) because they are used to replace the lost end of Book 7 and thus appear in Vol. 2 (pp. 342-382).
Vol. 10 (2011), indices to Vols 1-9.
Note the Corrigenda included at the end of each volume.
Review: Dorandi (2005).

 

BIRASCHI; TROTTA; NICOLAI and TRAINA (1988-2000), eds and trs. For this partial edition (Books 3-6, 8, 11-12), see Trotta (1996) (Books 3-4); Biraschi (1988) (Books 5-6); Biraschi (1992) (Book 8); Nicolai and Traina (2000) (Books 11-12). Each volume contains the Greek text and Italian translation, with notes.

 

BIFFI, NICOLA (1988-2006), ed. and tr. For this partial edition (Books 5-6, 15-7), see Biffi (1988 and 2006) (Books 5-6); Biffi (2005) (Book 15); Biffi (2002) (Book 16); and Biffi (1999) (Book 17).

 

AUJAC, GERMAINE; LASSERRE, FRANÇOIS; BALADIÉ, RAOUL; LAUDENBACH, BENOÎT (1966-2015), eds and trs. Strabon. Géographie. Vols 1-9 (containing Books 1-12) and Vols 14-15 (containing Book 17). Paris: Les Belles Lettres [Association Guillaume Budé]. Greek text with full critical apparatus, French translation and notes.

Vol. 1, part 1 (1969), AUJAC, Greek text and French translation of Book 1.
Vol. 1, part 2 (1969), AUJAC, Greek text and French translation of Book 2.
Vol. 2 (1966), LASSERRE, Greek text and French translation of Books 3-4.
Vol. 3 (1967), LASSERRE, Greek text and French translation of Books 5-6.
Vol. 4 (1989), BALADIÉ, Greek text and French translation of Book 7.
Vol. 5 (1978), BALADIÉ, Greek text and French translation of Book 8.
Vol. 6 (1996), BALADIÉ, Greek text and French translation of Book 9.
Vol. 7 (1971), LASSERRE, Greek text and French translation of Book 10.
Vol. 8 (1975), LASSERRE, Greek text and French translation of Book 11.
Vol. 9 (1981), LASSERRE, Greek text and French translation of Book 12.
Vol. 12 (forthcoming), LAUDENBACH, Greek text and French translation of Book 15.
Vol. 14 (2015), LAUDENBACH, Greek text and French translation of Book 17, first part.
Vol. 15 (2014), LAUDENBACH, Greek text and French translation of Book 17, second part.

 

SBORDONE, FRANCISCUS (1963-2002), ed. Strabonis Geographica. Vols 1-3, containing Books 1-9. Rome: Typis publicae officinae polygraphicae [Scriptores Graeci et Latini Consilio Academiae Lynceorum editi]. Greek text with full critical apparatus. Sbordone died before completing his project: Vol. 3 (Books 7-9) appeared posthumously in 2002.

Vol. 1 (1963), Greek text of Books 1-2.
Vol. 2 (1970), Greek text of Books 3-6.
Vol. 3 (2002, prepared by S.M. Medaglia), Greek text of Books 7-9. Review: Brodersen (2003).

 

ALY, WOFGANG (1957-72), ed. Strabonis Geographica. Vols 1-2, containing Books 1-6 (Greek text with full critical apparatus); Vol. 4, Strabon von Amaseia. Bonn: Rudolph Habelt. Vol. 4 was published first, in 1957. Aly died before completing his project.Vols 1-2 appeared posthumously in 1968-72.

Vol. 1 (1968, prepared by E. Kirsten and F. Lapp), Greek text of Books 1-2. [Antiquitas 1:9]
Vol. 2 (1972, prepared by E. Kirsten and F. Lapp), Greek text of Books 3-6. [Antiquitas 1:19]
Vol. 4 (1957). Strabon von Amaseia, in which Aly comments on textual questions and deals with the sources and composition of the Geography. [Antiquitas 1:5]

 

JONES, HORACE L. (1917-32, revised and reprinted several times), ed. and tr. The Geography of Strabo. Vols 1-8, containing Books 1-17. Harvard University Press and Heinemann [Loeb Classical Library]. Greek text (based on Meineke 1852-53), with some textual notes, and an English translation originally undertaken by J.R. Sitlington Sterrett but completed by Jones after Sterrett’s death. Jones’ English translation of Books 1-17 is available online at LacusCurtius. Jones’ Greek text of Books 1-17 is available through Perseus. Jones’ English translation (but only Books 6-14) is also available through Perseus.

Vol. 1 (1917), Greek text and English translation of Books 1-2, available as an e-book.
Vol. 2 (1923), Greek text and English translation of Books 3-4.
Vol. 3 (1924), Greek text and English translation of Books 5-7.
Vol. 4 (1927), Greek text and English translation of Books 8-9.
Vol. 5 (1928), Greek text and English translation of Books 10-12.
Vol. 6 (1929), Greek text and English translation of Books 13-14. Available as an e-book
Vol. 7 (1930), Greek text and English translation of Books 15-16. Available as an e-book.
Vol. 8 (1932), Greek text and English translation of Book 17. Available as an e-book.

 

MÜLLER, CARL; and DÜBNER, FRIEDRICH (1853-58), eds and trs. Strabonis Geographica graece cum versione reficta. Books 1-17. Paris: Didot, [Scriptorum Graecorum Bibliotheca]. Greek text with Latin translation. There is no critical apparatus at the foot of each page, but an index of variant readings is given.

 

MEINEKE, AUGUST (1852-53, reprinted several times), ed. Strabonis Geographica. Vols 1-3, containing Books 1-17. Leipzig: Teubner [Bibliotheca Scriptorum Graecorum et Romanorum Teubneriana]. Greek text based on Kramer (1844-52), with a list of variations provided at the beginning of each volume. Books 6-14 (from an 1877 reprint) are available online through Perseus.

Vol. 1 (1852), Greek text of Books 1-6. Reprinted 1866 and 1872.
Vol. 2 (1852), Greek text of Books 7-12. Reprinted 1866.
Vol. 3 (1853), Greek text of Books 13-17.

 

KRAMER, GUSTAV (1852), ed. Strabonis Geographica. Editio Minor. Vols 1-2, containing Books 1-17. Berlin. The Greek text is taken from Kramer’s own three-volume 1844-1852 edition, with the critical apparatus removed, thus fitting into only two volumes.
 
Vol.
1  (1852), Greek text of Books 1-10.
Vol. 2 (1852), Greek text of Books 11-17.

 

KRAMER, GUSTAV (1844-52), ed. Strabonis Geographica. Vols 1-3, containing Books 1-17. Berlin: Friedericus Nicolaus. Greek text with full critical apparatus. In the year in which he published Vol. 3 of this edition, Kramer also published a shorter edition, for which see entry above.

Vol. 1 (1844), Greek text of Books 1-6.
Vol. 2, Greek text of Books 7-12.
Vol. 3 (1852), Greek text of Books 13-17.

For pre-Kramer editions, see the bibliographies provided by Biraschi (1981) and Diller (1975).