Digital Fragmenta Historicorum Graecorum (DFHG)

Monica Berti

Supporting Institutions
Alexander von Humboldt Chair of Digital Humanities, University of Leipzig
Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University
Perseus Project, Tufts University

Online Resources

The Digital Fragmenta Historicorum Graecorum (DFHG) is a producing the digital edition of the Fragmenta Historicorum Graecorum (FHG) edited by Karl Müller between 1841 and 1872 (Paris, Ambroise Firmin-Didot).

Karl Müller’s FHG consists of a survey of excerpts from many different sources pertaining to more than 600 fragmentary authors. Excluding the first volume, these authors are chronologically distributed and cover a period of time from the 6th century BC through the 7th century CE. Excluding the first volume, fragments are numbered sequentially and arranged according to works and book numbers (when these pieces of information are available). Every fragment is translated or summarized into Latin. The first volume includes also the text of the Marmor Parium – with Latin translation, chronological table, and commentary – and the Greek text of the Rosetta Stone (Rosettanum) – with a French literal translation as well as a critical, historical and archaeological commentary. The fifth volume includes a section with fragments of Greek and Syriac historians preserved in Armenian sources (in French translation).

While produced two centuries ago and superseded by the monumental edition of Felix Jacoby (Die Fragmente der griechischen Historiker), Müller’s FHG is still a fundamental contribution to Greek fragmentary historiography. In particular, it is very suitable for providing rapid, broad coverage and an extensive foundation upon which a new generation of born-digital editions of fragmentary texts can build.

The complete text of the work has been OCRed and converted to a machine-readable format as part of the Open Greek and Latin Project at the Alexander von Humboldt Chair of Digital Humanities at the University of Leipzig. Combining philological work and scripts, an SQL database has been created for delivering web services and tools. The raw data files are inserted into the SQL DB enriched with information useful to perform searches and citation extraction. Ajax web pages are automatically generated to increase the usability of the huge amount of FHG contents.

The DFHG Project allows to create a large amount of annotations of text re-uses on surviving sources, concurrently building a big survey of fragmentary authors and works, which are part of the Perseus Catalog.