Dionysius Periegetes


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Dionysius Periegetes

(dīənĭsh`ēəs pĕ'rēəjē`tēz), fl. c.300? B.C., Greek poet. He wrote the poem Description of the Inhabited Earth, which was popular in antiquity.
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Of very special importance here was his close association with Hartmann Schedel at Nuremberg, whose magnificent library was not only stocked with virtually all the essential texts, from Pomponius Mela, Pliny the Elder, Ptolemy, and Strabo to Flavio Biondo and Enea Silvio Piccolomini, but also contained the description of the world in hexameters by Dionysius Periegetes, which may to some extent have served as a model for Celtis's own poem, the Germania generalis.
20), and (in his Commentary on Dionysius Periegetes 87)(15) [GREEK TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII].