Eratosthenes' "Geography"

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"This edition fills a real gap, long recognized by classicists, not to mention historians of geography, cartography, and ancient science. With its close attention to detail and its completeness, it will be of unquestionable value to classicists of many different stripes. Duane W. Roller has done a huge service to the field."—Grant Parker, Stanford University

"This edition is an extremely useful introduction to Eratosthenes and his work. The book is well conceived, well researched, and well executed, and it will ...

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Overview

"This edition fills a real gap, long recognized by classicists, not to mention historians of geography, cartography, and ancient science. With its close attention to detail and its completeness, it will be of unquestionable value to classicists of many different stripes. Duane W. Roller has done a huge service to the field."—Grant Parker, Stanford University

"This edition is an extremely useful introduction to Eratosthenes and his work. The book is well conceived, well researched, and well executed, and it will benefit a wide range of scholars."—James Romm, Bard College

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Editorial Reviews

Anglo-Hellenic Review
[T]his is the sort of tribute that has been long overdue to one of the ancient Greek world's most original, penetrating and ecumenically humane geniuses.
— Paul Cartledge
Hague Journal of Diplomacy
Roller has succeeded admirably in producing a work that will make Eratosthenes accessible to a wide variety of readers. He has made vast improvements over the previous editions of the fragments in facilitating the reading of both text and commentary. . . . This book will be equally interesting to specialist researchers.
— Courtney Roby
Strabo.ca
One does not have to be a trained classicist to appreciate Roller's scholarship. Indeed, the subjects he tackles are increasingly ones that resonate with the educated public as much as with specialists. Roller's new book follows this trend and will surely win new fans for its subject.
— Sarah Pothecary
European Legacy
In addition to a careful and justified assignation of fragments to the three books of Eratosthenes' Geographika, Roller in his commentary is very alert to the extent to which Strabo misrepresents or misunderstands the purpose of Eratosthenes. . . . The commentary is accessible and well conceived.
— Hugh Lindsay
Anglo-Hellenic Review - Paul Cartledge
[T]his is the sort of tribute that has been long overdue to one of the ancient Greek world's most original, penetrating and ecumenically humane geniuses.
Hague Journal of Diplomacy - Courtney Roby
Roller has succeeded admirably in producing a work that will make Eratosthenes accessible to a wide variety of readers. He has made vast improvements over the previous editions of the fragments in facilitating the reading of both text and commentary. . . . This book will be equally interesting to specialist researchers.
Strabo.ca - Sarah Pothecary
One does not have to be a trained classicist to appreciate Roller's scholarship. Indeed, the subjects he tackles are increasingly ones that resonate with the educated public as much as with specialists. Roller's new book follows this trend and will surely win new fans for its subject.
European Legacy - Hugh Lindsay
In addition to a careful and justified assignation of fragments to the three books of Eratosthenes' Geographika, Roller in his commentary is very alert to the extent to which Strabo misrepresents or misunderstands the purpose of Eratosthenes. . . . The commentary is accessible and well conceived.
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"[T]his is the sort of tribute that has been long overdue to one of the ancient Greek world's most original, penetrating and ecumenically humane geniuses."—Paul Cartledge, Anglo-Hellenic Review

"Roller has succeeded admirably in producing a work that will make Eratosthenes accessible to a wide variety of readers. He has made vast improvements over the previous editions of the fragments in facilitating the reading of both text and commentary. . . . This book will be equally interesting to specialist researchers."—Courtney Roby, Hague Journal of Diplomacy

"One does not have to be a trained classicist to appreciate Roller's scholarship. Indeed, the subjects he tackles are increasingly ones that resonate with the educated public as much as with specialists. Roller's new book follows this trend and will surely win new fans for its subject."—Sarah Pothecary, Strabo.ca

"In addition to a careful and justified assignation of fragments to the three books of Eratosthenes' Geographika, Roller in his commentary is very alert to the extent to which Strabo misrepresents or misunderstands the purpose of Eratosthenes. . . . The commentary is accessible and well conceived."—Hugh Lindsay, European Legacy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691142678
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 1/24/2010
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Duane W. Roller is professor emeritus of Greek and Latin at Ohio State University. He is the author of, among other books, "Through the Pillars of Herakles: Greco-Roman Exploration of the Atlantic".
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii
Introduction ix
Abbreviations xiii

ERATOSTHENES AND THE HISTORY OF GEOGRAPHY
The Background 1
The Life of Eratosthenes 7
The Geographika of Eratosthenes 15
The Reception and Later History of the Geographika 30

ERATOSTHENES, GEOGRAPHIKA
Book 1 41
Book 2 58
Book 3 69

SUMMARIES AND COMMENTARIES
Commentary to Book 1 111
Commentary to Book 2 141
Commentary to Book 3 161
Gazetteer 223
Maps 249

APPENDICES
Appendix 1: On the Measurement of the Earth 263
Appendix 2: Testimonia for the Life of Eratosthenes 268
Appendix 3: Lengths of Measurement 271
Bibliography 275
Index of Passages Cited 281
General Index 289

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