Brill's Companion to Ancient Geography: The Inhabited World by Serena Bianchetti, Michele Cataudella, Hans-Joachim Gehrke

By Serena Bianchetti, Michele Cataudella, Hans-Joachim Gehrke

Brill's significant other to old Geography edited through S. Bianchetti, M. R. Cataudella, H. J. Gehrke is the 1st selection of reports on old geography of the traditional international that makes a speciality of a variety of issues thought of the most important for knowing the improvement of geographical inspiration. during this paintings, students, all of whom are experts in quite a few fields, learn the interplay of people with their surroundings and take a look at to reconstruct the representations of the inhabited international within the works of old historians, scientists, and cartographers. subject matters contain: Eudoxus, Dicaearchus, Eratosthenes, Hipparchus, Agatharchides, Agrippa, Strabo, Pliny and Solinus, Ptolemy, and the Peutinger Map. different concerns also are mentioned similar to onomastics, the bounds of states, Pythagorism, sacred itineraries, size structures, and the Holy Land.

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49 48 On the history of the geographical concepts of Europe see Berger 1907. 49 Cf. Prontera 2009; Rollinger, and Ruffing 2013, esp. 147–150 with further references. CHAPTER 2 The Sea of the Greeks and Romans Pietro Janni From the start, Greek geography necessarily consisted of thalassography in equal measure. If doing geography means building up a picture of the earth’s surface which goes beyond what is immediately perceptible, or within the range of short journeys, then for the Greeks geography meant first and fore­ most the interplay between land and sea, the observation and investigation of how sea and land interacted and of how the one penetrated the other.

Herodotus endeavoured to distinguish reliable or plausibly deduced geographical knowledge from unconfirmed sources and speculations. 21 It would be a mistake to assume that a complete and overall consistent picture of the world could be assembled on the basis of the Histories, the more so as Herodotus himself maintained a critical distance to maps of the ancient world. But he did not only criticise map makers who believed to be able to capture the complete shape of the earth. He also addressed the problem that a world map of manageable size can only provide a very limited amount of geographical information.

Herodotus’ knowledge of the regions further away from the northern Aegean coast, however, is becoming rather unspecific. His ethnographic digressions on the Thracians and Paeonians hardly offer precise references on geography (cf. 3–10; 15–16). 9). The west of Europe was only marginally affected by the Persian Wars and their prologue. This may partly explain why this area is not systematically covered in his work. It is only occasionally that particular geographical aspects 20 Cf. Sieberer 1995, esp.

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