This fascicle, presenting fragmentary biographical texts of the fifth and fourth centuries B.C. is the first in a series of eight which will deal with all surviving fragments of ancient Greek biographical writing.
Before Greek biography emerged as a literary genre of its own at the beginning of the Hellenistic period, biographical interest already found expression in various other forms of literature. The testimonia and fragmenta edited, translated and commented in this fascicle illustrate the roots of the biographical genre.
In view of the themes which became prominent in later biographical writing, the fragments have been arranged thematically: traditions on the 'Seven Wise Men', on lives of philosophers, poets and politicians.
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Guido Schepens is Senior Research Associate with the Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek - Vlaanderen and part-time Professor of Ancient History at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.
Dr. Johannes Engels, DPhil (1987) is Privatdozent in Ancient History at the University of Köln.
Els Theys, M.A. (1996) is research assistant in the Ancient History Section of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.
Students of ancient biography and historiography, the history of ancient literature and philosophy, as well as anyone interested in ancient hisotry and culture in general.