Every year, more than 1,000 Greek inscriptions are found all over the Mediterranean and published in hundreds of articles and monographs. In addition, about the same number of analytic articles and books on published texts is released year after year. Many of these publications (in particular scholarly journals from countries in the Eastern Mediterranean, e.g. Turkey, with only limited distribution) are of difficult access. It is therefore impossible to gain an overview of the entire epigraphic material from these publications alone ‒ such an overview is, however, an indispensable prerequisite of research in various fields of the classics.
The Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum (SEG) is committed to providing, in annual volumes, this overview through the re-publication of all newly published inscriptions and by summarizing the relevant scholarly literature on inscriptions published in the past. The SEG was founded by J. J. E. Hondius in Leiden (Netherlands) in 1922 with the aim to promptly inform the scholarly public (ancient historians, classicists, archaeologists, historians of religion) about new editions, restorations and interpretations of Greek inscriptions. Hondius was the editor of vols I to XI (1922‒1940) and after his death and an interruption from 1940 to 1955 he was succeeded by A. G. Woodhead (vols XII‒XXV, 1955‒1971). After a further interruption, the task was taken over by H. W. Pleket (Leiden) and R. S. Stroud (Berkely) in 1976, and the publication is now in the hands of A. Chaniotis (Princeton), T. Corsten (Vienna), N. Papazarkadas (Berkeley), and R. A. Tybout (Leiden). They are supported by six assistant editors in Oxford, Athens, Vienna, Heidelberg, and Thessaloniki as well as by nine advisory editors.
The research group “Epigraphy” at the Austrian Academy is responsible for covering the Greek inscriptions of Asia Minor within the SEG.