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1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Strabo

Edited By

Daniela Dueck

ISBN 9780367581299
Published June 30, 2020 by Routledge
422 Pages

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Book Description

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


List of Contributors

Introduction Daniela Dueck


1. Strabo’s philosophy and Stoicism Myrto Hatzimichali

2. ‘Such is Rome...’ - Strabo on the ‘Imperial metropolis’ Nicholas Purcell

3. Looking in from the outside: Strabo’s attitude towards the Roman people Jesper Majbom Madsen


The inhabited world and its parts

4. Strabo’s Mediterranean Katherine Clarke

5. Strabo’s description of the North and Roman geo-political ideas Ekaterina Ilyushechkina

6. Strabo and Iberia Benedict J. Lowe

7. Strabo, Italy and the Italian peoples Elvira Migliario

8. Strabo and the history of Armenia Giusto Traina

9. Strabo’s Libya Jehan Desanges

Human geography

10. Ethnography and identity in Strabo’s Geography Edward Dandrow

11. Strabo’s roads Tønnes Bekker-Nielsen

12. Patterns of trade and economy in Strabo’s Geography Marta García Morcillo

13. Strabo's cis-Tauran Asia: a humanistic geography María-Paz de Hoz

Mathematical geography

14. Measurement data in Strabo´s Geography Klaus Geus and Kurt Guckelsberger

15. Strabo: from maps to words Pierre Moret

The art of writing geography

16. Signposts and sub-divisions: hidden pointers in Strabo’s narrative Sarah Pothecary

17. A river runs through it: waterways and narrative in Strabo  Catherine Connors

18. Spicing up geography: Strabo’s use of tales and anecdotes Daniela Dueck

19. Strabo’s expendables: the function and aesthetics of minor authority Johannes Wietzke

Traditions and sources

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

21. Strabo and the Homeric commentators Alexandra Trachsel

22.  Myth as evidence in Strabo Lee E. Patterson

23. Under the shadow of Eratosthenes: Strabo and the Alexander historians Antonio Ignacio Molina Marín

The text

24. Textual traditions and textual problems Roberto Nicolai

25. On Translating Strabo into English Duane W. Roller


26. Strabo the historian Gościvit Malinowski


27. ‘So says Strabo’ - The reception of Strabo’s work in antiquity Søren Lund Sørensen

28. Strabo’s reception in the West (15th-16th centuries) Patrick Gautier Dalché

Index of references in Strabo

Index of ancient sources

Index of place names

Index of personal names

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


"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

"[this book] is a useful tool for Strabo specialists because of the variety of topics covered, but also for those who are passionate about ancient geography."

- Mélanie Lozat, Université de Genève, Switzerland, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2019