IV. Biography and Antiquarian Literature, B. History of Literature, Music, Art and Culture. Fasc. 9: Dikaiarchos of Messene [No 1400]


This book is the first volume to appear in print since 1999 in Die Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker Continued, which continues Felix Jacoby’s monumental but uncompleted collection of fragmentary Greek historiography. It is part of section IV B (History of Literature, Music, Art and Culture) and provides a critical edition, translation and commentary of the fragments of Dikaiarchos, a pupil of Aristotle from late fourth century BCE. Dikaiarchos wrote about cultural history, literature, philosophers, politics, geography, ethics and the soul. The book advances the state of the art by presenting a new text and demarcation of the fragments, a study of the method of the authors citing Dikaiarchos, new readings and interpretations of the fragments and a reassessment of Dikaiarchos’ value as a historian.

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Gertjan Verhasselt obtained his Ph.D. at KU Leuven in 2014 and is currently an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Research Fellow at LMU Munich. His publications focus on fragmentary historiography, philosophy (especially Aristotle and the Peripatos) and literary papyri.
"Besides being an introduction to his edition of the texts, Verhasselt’s introduction is now quite simply the best source for anyone wanting a detailed introduction to the life, work, and thought of Dikaiarchos. (...) There are scores of fragments and a massive commentary on them. I cannot begin to describe all (or even much) of the valuable material here. (...) I could go on and on about this rich source of material on a wide range of topics. That such a mature piece of scholarship is a revised version of a Ph.D, dissertation (in Classics, KU Leuven, 2014) is remarkable. I’ll simply add that the volume is beautifully produced, and I encountered no typographical errors."
Robert Mayhew in BMCR 2019.05.39
"L’utilita` di un libro come questo non e` limitata alla raccolta e riordino dei frammenti e ad un aggiornamento bibliografico delle innumerevoli questioni che emergono via via nelle opere superstiti di Dicearco. Essa risiede soprattutto nell’offrire al lettore il materiale con cui si fa ricerca storica e letteraria: analisi chiara e precisa dei problemi che ciascun frammento pone, minuziosi riferimenti alle fonti, bibliografia esaustiva. Si tratta dunque di uno strumento di lavoro indispensabile per chi voglia studiare la figura di questo importante allievo di Aristotele, nonche´ per la storia culturale, la storiografia e la filosofia nel IV secolo a.C. Per concludere, il libro di V. non rappresenta solo il lavoro di riferimento su Dicearco di Messana: esso e` anche un modello su come si fa un’edizione commentata di un autore frammentario." Ivan Matijasˇic, Athenaeum 110/2 (2022)

 1 Life
 2 Dates
 3 Famous Homonyms
 4 Works
 5 Dikaiarchos as a historian
 6 Dikaiarchos’ reception
 7 Prolegomena

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Testimonia vitae
Testimonia operum
Testimonia artis

 1 Life of Greece
 2 On the destruction of men
 3 On the Sacrifice in Ilion
 4 Descent into the Sanctuary of Trophonios
 5 Olympikos
 6 Panathenaïkos
 7 On Musical Contests
 8 On Dionysiac Contests
 9 On Alkaios
 10 On Lives
 11 Tripolitikos
 12 Fragments without a book title
 13 Incerta
 14 Reiecta

Classicists, ancient historians and philosophers, especially those interested in the school of Aristotle and in historiography of the early Hellenistic period.
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