Updated March 2013
An ‘edition’ contains the Greek text of the Geography.
Most of the editions listed below are critical
editions, i.e. are based on a comparison of the thirty or so
manuscripts of the Geography which still exist. Critical editions are
necessary because the process of copying and recopying the text, from
antiquity to the Middle Ages, has inevitably produced errors of
transcription. The editor of a critical edition notes how and where the
wording of one manuscript differs from the wording in other manuscripts; and
decides which form of words is more likely to have featured in the original.
The edited text reflects these decisions, with a record of rejected wording
provided at the foot of each page in the critical apparatus. In the case of
verbal infelicities, even where manuscripts agree with each other, the editor
may believe that the wording of the original text was different from that of
the manuscripts. Conversely, some verbal infelicities may date back to Strabo
himself. For the history of attempts, over the last century and a half, to
produce a critical edition of all seventeen books of the Geography,
see Radt (1991) and Brodersen
This following list begins with the most recently completed critical
edition, by S.L. Radt. This edition, published at a rate of one volume per
year throughout the first decade of the millennium, supersedes previous
editions. Radt presents 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. reached Book 12, Aly reached
Book 6, and Sbordone reached Book 9. Furthermore, Radt makes use of some
fragmentary manuscripts of early date which were unavailable, or only
partially available, to earlier editors.
(2002-11), ed. and tr. Strabons
Geographika. Vols. 1-10. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht. Greek text, with
full critical apparatus and German
translation, and commentary. For articles explaining the editor’s
methodology, see Radt (1991), (1993),
(2002), Greek text and German translation of Books 1-4. Reviewed.
(2003), Greek text and German translation of Books 5-8
(2004), Greek text and German translation of Books 9-13
(2005), Greek text and German translation of Books 14-17. Reviewed.
(2006), commentary on Books 1-4
(2007), commentary on Books 5-8
7 (2008), commentary on Books 9-13
8 (2009), commentary on Book 14-17
9 (2010), Greek text of the Epitome
and Chrestomathy. See pp. 65, 290
of this volume for excluded sections, used instead to replace the lost end of
Book 7 in Vol. 2 (pp. 342-382). The fourteenth century Epitome and the ninth century Chrestomathy
are abbreviated versions of the Geography.
10 (2011), indices to Vols 1-9
Corrigenda are included at the end
of Vols 2-10. Review by Dorandi (2005).
BIRASCHI; TROTTA; NICOLAI
and TRAINA (1988-2001). For this partial edition, with Greek text and
Italian translation, go to Texts of individual books.
AUJAC, GERMAINE; LASSERRE, FRANÇOIS; and
BALADIÉ, RAOUL (1966-96), eds and trs. Strabon. Géographie.
Vols 1-9, containing Books 1-12. Paris:
Les Belles Lettres [Association Guillaume Budé]. Greek text with full critical
apparatus, French translation and notes. Note that the volumes were
published out of sequence: Vol. 1, part 1, containing Book 1, and Vol. 1,
part 2, containing Book 2, were published in 1969; Vol. 2, containing Books
3-4, was published in 1966; Vol. 3, containing Books 5-6, was published in
1967; Vol. 4, containing Book 7, was published in 1989; Vol. 5, containing
Book 8, was published in 1978; Vol. 6, containing Book 9, was published in
1996; Vol. 7, containing Book 10, was published in 1971; Vol. 8, containing
Book 11, was published in 1975; Vol. 9, containing Book 12, was published in
(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. Vol. 1, containing Books 1-2, was published in 1963; Vol.
2, containing Books 4-6, was published in 1970. Sbordone died before
completing his project. Vol. 3, containing Books 7-9, appeared posthumously
in 2002, prepared for publication by S.M. Medaglia. Vol. 3 reviewed by Brodersen
ALY, WOFGANG (1957-72), ed. Strabonis
Geographica. Vols 1-2, containing books 1-6,
and Vol. 4. Greek text with full critical
apparatus. The volumes were published out of sequence. Vol. 4 Strabon
von Amaseia, Bonn:
Rudolph Habelt [Antiquitas
1:5], was published first, in 1957: it is a commentary by Aly on textual
questions, and deals with the sources and composition of the Geography.
Aly died before publishing the volumes containing his edited Greek text. Of
these, Vols 1-2, containing Books 1-6, appeared posthumously in 1968-72,
prepared for publication by E. Kirsten and F. Lapp. Bonn: Rudolph Habelt
[Antiquitas 1:9 and 1:19].
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. The translation of Books 1-17 is
available online at LacusCurtius;
Books 6-14, through Perseus.
Vol. 1 (1917), Greek text and English translation of Books 1-2. Available as
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 e-book.
Vol. 8 (1932), Greek text and English translation of Book 17. Available 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.
Vol. 2 (1852), Greek text of Books 7-12. Vols 1-2, reprinted 1866, available
as an e-book.
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. Greek text from Kramer’s 1844-52 edition
minus critical apparatus.
Vol. 1 (1852), Greek text of Books 1-10.
Vol. 2 (1852), Greek text of Books 11-17. Available
as an e-book.
KRAMER, GUSTAV (1844-52),
ed. Strabonis Geographica.
Vols 1-3, containing Books 1-17. Berlin:
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 previous entry.)
Vol. 1 (1844), Greek text of Books 1-6. Available as an e-book.
Vol. 2, Greek text of Books 7-12,
Vol. 3 (1852), Greek text of Books 13-17. Available as an e-book.
For pre-Kramer editions, see the bibliographies provided by Biraschi (1981) and Diller (1975).