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The Edges of the Earth in Ancient Thought: Geography, Exploration, and Fiction

The Edges of the Earth in Ancient Thought: Geography, Exploration, and Fiction

by James S. Romm


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ISBN-13: 9780691037882
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 10/09/1994
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 247
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

James S. Romm is Assistant Professor of Classics at Bard College.

Table of Contents

Works Frequently Citedxiii
Introduction: Geography as a Literary Tradition3
1The Boundaries of Earth9
Boundaries and the Boundless11
Ocean and Cosmic Disorder20
Roads around the World26
Herodotus and the Changing World Picture32
Aristotle and After41
2Ethiopian and Hyperborean45
The Blameless Ethiopians49
The Fortunate Hyperboreans60
Arimaspians and Scythians67
The Kunokephaloi77
3Wonders of the East82
Before Alexander83
Marvel-Collectors and Critics94
The Late Romance Tradition109
4Ultima Thule and Beyond121
Antipodal Ambitions124
The North Sea Coast140
The Headwaters of the Nile149
The Atlantic Horizon156
5Geography and Fiction172
Ocean and Poetry176
The Voyage of Odysseus183
Pytheas, Euhemerus, and Others196
The Fictions of Exploration202
Epilogue: After Columbus215

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