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Geography, Volume I: Books 1-2
Strabo (ca. 64 BCE to ca. 25 CE), an Asiatic Greek of Amasia in Pontus, studied at Nysa and after 44 BCE at Rome. He became a keen traveller who saw a large part of Italy, various near eastern regions including the Black Sea, various parts of Asia Minor, Egypt as far as Ethiopia, and parts of Greece. He was a long time in Alexandria where he no doubt studied mathematics, a ...more
Hardcover, Loeb Classical Library #49 (Greek and English), 574 pages
Published January 1st 1917 by Harvard University Press
(first published -7)
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Sep 14, 2013 James Violand rated it liked it
Recommends it for: ancient Western History fans
Strabo was the geographer of the Ancient World. He not only traveled, but he relied on the recorded geographies of other writers to fill the gaps in his knowledge (which was pretty extensive). It is interesting to read of those places we are familiar with but as they were two thousand years ago. Not for those who aren't interested in the ancient world.
This volume of Strabo is mostly about how previous writers got geography all wrong. He spends a good bit of time on Eratosthenes, Hipparchus, Posidonius and Polybius, pointing out their errors and how they contradicted each other. It's only in the last chapter of Book 2 that he starts detailing his view of the Earth.