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The Routledge Companion to Strabo

1st Edition

Edited by Daniela Dueck


408 pages

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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.


"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

Table of Contents


List of Contributors

Daniela Dueck // Introduction


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 - Tønnes Bekker-Nielsen // Strabo’s roads

Chapter 12 - Marta García Morcillo // Patterns of trade and economy in Strabo’s Geography

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

Mathematical geography

Chapter 14 - Klaus Geus and Kurt Guckelsberger // Measurement data in Strabo´s 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 Marín // 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


Chapter 26 - Gościvit Malinowski // Strabo the historian


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

Chapter 28 - Patrick Gautier Dalché // 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

About the Editor

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

Subject Categories

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LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies