Geography, Volume VII: Books 15-16

Geography, Volume VII: Books 15-16

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Overview

Strabo (ca. 64 BCE to ca. 25 CE), an Asiatic Greek of Amasia in Pontus, studied at Nysa and after 44 BCE at Rome. He became a keen traveller who saw a large part of Italy, various near eastern regions including the Black Sea, various parts of Asia Minor, Egypt as far as Ethiopia, and parts of Greece. He was a long time in Alexandria where he no doubt studied mathematics, astronomy, and history.

Strabo's historical work is lost, but his most important Geography in seventeen books has survived. After two introductory books, numbers 3 and 4 deal with Spain and Gaul, 5 and 6 with Italy and Sicily, 7 with north and east Europe, 8—10 with Greek lands, 11—14 with the main regions of Asia and with Asia Minor, 15 with India and Iran, 16 with Assyria, Babylonia, Syria, and Arabia, 17 with Egypt and Africa. In outline he follows the great mathematical geographer Eratosthenes, but adds general descriptions of separate countries including physical, political, and historical details. A sequel to his historical memoirs, Geography is planned apparently for public servants rather than students—hence the accounts of physical features and of natural products. On the mathematical side it is an invaluable source of information about Eratosthenes, Hipparchus, and Posidonius.

The Loeb Classical Library edition of Strabo is in eight volumes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674992665
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 01/01/1930
Series: Loeb Classical Library , #241
Edition description: 6th printing/1st pub.1930
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 1,122,726
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 6.38(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

Horace Leonard Jones (1879–1954) was Professor of Greek at Cornell University.

Table of Contents

Geography

Book 15

Book 16

Dictionary Of Proper Names

Map Of Asia

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