The Routledge Companion to Strabo
Dueck, Daniela (EDT)
407 p. 26 cm.
This volume examines Strabo of Amasia's Geography, a near encyclopaedic survey of the world as it was known in the early empire which offers a wealth of information on ethnography, topography, history, mythology, botany, zoology and more. These essays provide an insight to the author and his work, and also to his literary and historical context.
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.
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 Strabos 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