Sunday, November 28, 2021

Callimachus: Aetia

This site contains a Greek text, English translation, notes, and vocabulary for Aetia (Αἴτια, "Causes") by the Alexandrian poet Callimachus (310/305–240 BC), along with an introduction, an interactive map of places mentioned, a bibliography, and images of the papyrus fragments on which the text is largely based.

Aetia is a collection of elegiac poems in four books that deals with the foundation of cities, unusual religious ceremonies, and unique local traditions from around the Greek world. It survives not in manuscript form but in papyrus fragments and quotations by later authors. This site is not a complete collection of every identifiable scrap of the Aetia, as is Annette Harder's monumental print edition (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012). But all coherent, understandable fragments are included, as well as some very short fragments with good explanatory scholia (commentary by ancient scholars).

This project was originally conceived by Prof. Susan Stephens of Stanford University, as a way to achieve four goals:

  • increase access among classicists at every career stage (from undergraduate to senior scholar) to the fragmentary text of the Aetia
  • provide a format for an exchange of information for scholars who are working on aspects of the poem
  • allow immediate integration of new papyrus finds
  • use the visual and spatial capabilities of the web


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