The Routledge Companion to Strabo
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The Routledge Companion to Strabo explores the works of Strabo of Amasia (c. 64 BCE - c. CE 24), a Greek author writing at the prime of Roman expansion and political empowerment. While his earlier historiographical composition is almost entirely lost, his major opus of the Geography includes an encyclopaedic look at the entire world known at the time: numerous ethnographic, topographic, historical, mythological, botanical, and zoological details, and much more.





This volume offers various insights to the literary and historical context of the man and his world. The Companion, in twenty-eight chapters written by an international group of scholars, examines several aspects of Strabo's personality, the political and scholarly environment in which he was active, his choices as an author, and his ideas of history and geography. This selection of ongoing Strabonian studies is an invaluable resource not just for students and scholars of Strabo himself, but also for anyone interested in ancient geography and in the world of the early Roman Empire.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 408 pages
  • 171 x 248 x 27.94mm | 816g
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 17 Tables, black and white
  • 1138904333
  • 9781138904330
  • 1,043,928

Table of contents

Acknowledgments


List of Contributors





Daniela Dueck // Introduction


STRABO'S POINT OF VIEW





Chapter 1 - Myrto Hatzimichali // Strabo's philosophy and Stoicism


Chapter 2 - Nicholas Purcell // `Such is Rome...' - Strabo on the `Imperial metropolis'


Chapter 3 - Jesper Majbom Madsen // Looking in from the outside: Strabo's attitude towards the Roman people





THE GEOGRAPHYThe inhabited world and its parts


Chapter 4 - Katherine Clarke // Strabo's Mediterranean


Chapter 5 - Ekaterina Ilyushechkina // Strabo's description of the North and Roman geo-political ideas


Chapter 6 - Benedict J. Lowe // Strabo and Iberia


Chapter 7 - Elvira Migliario // Strabo, Italy and the Italian peoples


Chapter 8 - Giusto Traina // Strabo and the history of Armenia


Chapter 9 - Jehan Desanges // Strabo's Libya


Human geography


Chapter 10 - Edward Dandrow // Ethnography and identity in Strabo's Geography


Chapter 11 - Tonnes Bekker-Nielsen // Strabo's roads


Chapter 12 - Marta Garcia Morcillo // Patterns of trade and economy in Strabo's Geography


Chapter 13 - Maria-Paz de Hoz // Strabo's cis-Tauran Asia: a humanistic geography


Mathematical geography


Chapter 14 - Klaus Geus and Kurt Guckelsberger // Measurement data in Strabo's Geography


Chapter 15 - Pierre Moret // Strabo: from maps to words


The art of writing geography


Chapter 16 - Sarah Pothecary // Signposts and sub-divisions: hidden pointers in Strabo's narrative


Chapter 17 - Catherine Connors // A river runs through it: waterways and narrative in Strabo


Chapter 18 - Daniela Dueck // Spicing up geography: Strabo's use of tales and anecdotes


Chapter 19 - Johannes Wietzke // Strabo's expendables: the function and aesthetics of minor authority





Traditions and sources


Chapter 20 - Jane L. Lightfoot // Man of many voices and of much knowledge; or, In search of Strabo's Homer


Chapter 21 - Alexandra Trachsel // Strabo and the Homeric commentators


Chapter 22 - Lee E. Patterson // Myth as evidence in Strabo


Chapter 23 - Antonio Ignacio Molina Marin // Under the shadow of Eratosthenes: Strabo and the Alexander historians


The text


Chapter 24 - Roberto Nicolai // Textual traditions and textual problems


Chapter 25 - Duane W. Roller // On Translating Strabo into English


THE HISTORIOGRAPHIC WORK(S)


Chapter 26 - Goscivit Malinowski // Strabo the historian


RECEPTION


Chapter 27 - Soren Lund Sorensen // `So says Strabo' - The reception of Strabo's work in antiquity


Chapter 28 - Patrick Gautier Dalche // Strabo's reception in the West (15th-16th centuries)


Index of references in Strabo


Index of ancient sources


Index of place names


Index of personal names
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Review quote

"Strabo's "colossal work" is one of the most fascinating and puzzling accounts of the Roman world, a richly layered ethnographic and political commentary on the Mediterranean in transition, viewed at close quarters by a polymathic historian-geographer. This companion, written by a well-chosen international team of experts, brings to a wider public the very best of recent scholarship on this extraordinary and under-estimated work."


- Greg Woolf, Institute of Classical Studies at the School of Advance Study, UK





"With the current `spatial turn' in ancient studies, Strabo has been attracting attention on a scale not seen since the Renaissance. This most welcome Companion to his work - the first ever - ranges wide and deep. It will have lasting value."


- Richard Talbert, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
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About Daniela Dueck

Daniela Dueck is Associate Professor of Classical Studies and History at Bar-Ilan University, Israel.
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