Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Suda On Line: Byzantine Lexicography

[First posted in AWOL 7 January 2010. Updated 20 May 2015 (A translation of the last of the Suda’s 31000+ entries was submitted to the database on July 21, 2014 and vetted the next day)]

Suda On Line: Byzantine Lexicography
For Attic phrase in Plato let them seek,
I poach in Suidas for unlicens'd Greek.
― Alexander Pope, The Dunciad 4.227-8
Pope’s ‘Suidas’ is not a man but a work, The Suda (or Stronghold): a massive 10th century Byzantine Greek historical encyclopedia of the ancient Mediterranean world, covering the whole of Greek and Roman antiquity and also including Biblical and Christian material.
Preserved in several medieval manuscripts, it has been edited and published several times since the end of the 14th century in traditional hard-copy scholarly editions, most recently that of Ada Adler (Teubner, 5 volumes: 1928-1938, reprinted 1971). The Suda On Line (SOL) project, begun in 1998 as part of the Stoa Consortium, opens up this stronghold of information by means of a freely accessible, keyword-searchable database, with English translations, notes, bibliography, and links to other electronic resources. With contributions (as Translators and/or Editors) from more than two hundred people worldwide, the SOL reached the landmark of all entries being translated and “vetted” (edited) to a usable standard on July 21, 2014. But more can, and will, be done.
A fuller history of the project may be found here .
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  1. The Suda is a very nice encyclopedia, I admire its ancient and hard to find quotations from forgotten scholars of ancient times. Very nice job of getting it on the web, I congratulate those contributors and editors.

  2. I agree. I really like the Suda. This is a pretty nice ediotion!!!! The authors have made a great job!!! My Congrats!!!