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Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum

Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum is an annual publication collecting newly published Greek inscriptions and studies on previously known documents.

Rolf Tybout

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.

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, Arabia, Egypt, Nubia and Kyrenaika.The two final sections concern inscriptions of Unknown Provenance and Varia. 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, and a comprehensive Concordance.

The editors wish to emphasize that they consider it their prime duty to collect texts and to report on epigraphic publications. Although they frequently 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. However, each volume concludes a number of inedita, mostly texts read from photos in auction catalogues, vel sim.

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 an online version of SEG is made available by our publisher Brill: www.brillonline.com

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