Illiterate Geography in Classical Athens and Rome
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This study is devoted to the channels through which geographic knowledge circulated in classical societies outside of textual transmission. It explores understanding of geography among the non-elites, as opposed to scholarly and scientific geography solely in written form which was the province of a very small number of learned people.
It deals with non-literary knowledge of geography, geography not derived from texts, as it was available to people, educated or not, who did not read geographic works. This main issue is composed of two central questions: how, if at all, was geographic data available outside of textual transmission and in contexts in which there was no need to write or read? And what could the public know of geography? In general, three groups of sources are relevant to this quest: oral communications preserved in writing; public non-textual performances; and visual artefacts and monuments. All these are examined as potential sources for the aural and visual geographic knowledge of Greco-Roman publics.
This volume will be of interest to anyone working on geography in the ancient world and to those studying non-elite culture.
Table of Contents
Lists of figures
List of maps
List of abbreviations
Chapter One – Evaluating the unwritten and the unread
Chapter Two – Speeches
Chapter Three – Drama
Chapter Four – Proverbs and idioms
Chapter Five – Spectacles and public shows
Chapter Six – Visualizing geography
Chapter Seven – The scope of an illiterate geography
- Appendix A – Lists of place-names in speeches
- Appendix B – Lists of place-names in dramatic plays
- Appendix C – Selection of Greek geographic and ethnographic proverbs and idioms
- Appendix D – Selection of Latin geographic and ethnographic proverbs and idioms
- Appendix E – List of place-names in Olympic victor lists
- Appendix F – List of place-names in the Fasti Triumphales 264/3-19 BCE
Daniela Dueck is an Associate Professor of Classical Studies at Bar Ilan University, Israel. Her research interest is in ancient Greek and Roman geography. Her published books include Geography in Classical Antiquity (2012) and The Routledge Companion to Strabo (2017).