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By Serena Bianchetti, Michele Cataudella, Hans-Joachim Gehrke

Brill's better half to historical Geography edited via S. Bianchetti, M. R. Cataudella, H. J. Gehrke is the 1st selection of experiences on ancient geography of the traditional international that makes a speciality of a range of subject matters thought of the most important for figuring out the improvement of geographical inspiration. during this paintings, students, all of whom are experts in numerous fields, learn the interplay of people with their atmosphere and check out 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 corresponding to onomastics, the limits of states, Pythagorism, sacred itineraries, size platforms, and the Holy Land.

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47 Dan 2013, esp. 106–110. 20 Bichler sovereignty as it is expressed in the Persian royal ideology to absurdity. 201–214). Darius emerges relatively unscathed from his expedition against the Scythians in the northwest (cf. esp. 131–142). By crossing the Araxes and the Istros, respectively, both had made a fatal mistake. 17–26). 8 β-γ). In Herodotus’ scenario, his campaign against Hellas was ultimately part of his quest for global supremacy (cf. 2), but the very crossing of the Hellespont proved to be the crucial step towards a foreseeable debacle.

22 But while nautical charts are lacking, antiquity has bequeathed to us a good number of very characteristic writings, which go under the general heading of peripli (sing. periplus), step by step descriptions of sailing along extended stretches of coast, and even around the entire Black Sea or the entire Mediterranean. Another title, ports (limenes) is also attested; this seems to refer to something substantially similar to the peripli, but it was less successful. It would seem natural to equate this with our mediaeval and modern porto­ lan charts and pilot books, but the comparison is highly doubtful.

115). 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.

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