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(2017) ‘Signposts and subdivisions:
hidden pointers in Strabo’s narrative,’ in D. Dueck, ed., The
Routledge Companion to Strabo, Routledge: London
and New York
(pp. 195-206). Read this chapter in Dueck’s edited Companion for information on
Strabo’s plan of attack. Learn
to spot those passages where Strabo lists the areas which he will then proceed
to describe, and those passages where he makes back
reference to such lists. See what indicators Strabo uses to mark the end of a
given section. I use Strabo’s treatment of Assyria (Middle East) as a template.
(2016) ‘A road trip
with Strabo: memory and composition in the Geography,’ Mnemosyne
69.2 (pp. 202-225). There are five locations in present day Turkey which
Strabo visited or in which he lived: we know this, because he tells us. Those
locations are: Ceyhan Nehri, Şar, Pamukkale,
Sultanhisar, and Selçuk. Read this article to see how Strabo’s presence
at these locations can be fitted into a cohesive account of his early life
and travels, given that all five are on or near a well-used ancient road.
(2014) Barrington Atlas App for iPad (Princeton
University Press, 2013), reviewed by Sarah Pothecary in Aestimatio
11 (pp. 191-201). Free colour PDF (or black and white printable PDF) available from the publisher;
and through University
of Toronto JPS. The BA
App for iPad is wonderful, but could be even
(2011) ‘ “When
I was young and he was old”: the significance of overlap in
65.1-2 (pp. 39-52). Also available
through JSTOR. Find out how Strabo looks back at the people he met in his early life
and sees himself as connected to the past through them. This has implication
for the dating of Strabo’s first visit to Rome.
Eratosthenes: a Strabonian
slant.’ Duane Roller’s Eratosthenes’
Geography (Princeton University Press, 2010) reviewed by Sarah
(2009) ‘ “The
chambers of the dead and the gates of darkness”: a glimmer of criticism
in Strabo’s Geography,’
62.2 (pp. 206-220). Read online for free through JSTOR.
Strabo makes an indirect comment about the Roman
aristocrat Licinius Murena, whose trial for conspiracy should be put within
the period July–October 23 BCE, around the time of Marcellus’
(2009) ‘Globalisation and empire:
lessons from the ancient world,’ in N. Ayad,
D. Copeland, eds, Strategic Public Diplomacy. Shaping the Future of International
of Westminster (pp. 35-9).
Is Strabo relevant to contemporary studies?
This paper was delivered at the Conference on Transformational Public
Diplomacy 2008, held at the Diplomatic Academy of London, University of Westminster,
Strabo’s Cultural Geography. The
Making of a Kolossourgia, D. Dueck, H. Lindsay, S. Pothecary, eds, Cambridge University Press. Reviewed by William A.
Koelsch (2004) in Geographical
Review 94.4 (pp. 502-518) (.pdf format)/JSTOR/BL; Jason König
(2007) in JHS 127: 169-171; James. S. Romm (2007) in Classical World/Project Muse; E.
Ch. van der Vliet (2008) in Mnemosyne/IngentaConnect.
‘The European provinces: Strabo as evidence,’ in Strabo’s
Cultural Geography (above).
‘Kolossourgia. A colossal
statue of a work,’ in Strabo’s
Cultural Geography (above).
(2003) S.L. Radt’s
Strabons Geographika, vol. 1
(2002), reviewed by Sarah Pothecary in Bryn Mawr
Classical Review 2003.07.08.
(2002) ‘Strabo the Tiberian author:
past, present and silence in Strabo’s Geography,’ Mnemosyne 55.4 (pp. 387-438). Read online for free through JSTOR. /IngentaConnect/JSTOR/Cat. Inist.
Katherine Clarke’s Between
Geography and History: Hellenistic Constructions of the Roman World
(1999), reviewed by Sarah Pothecary in Bryn Mawr
Classical Review 2000.09.06.
(1999) ‘Strabo the geographer: his
name and its meaning,’ Mnemosyne 52.6 (pp.
691-704). Use JSTOR
to access linked references; or obtain a copy through Inist-CNRS.
(1997) ‘The expression “our
times” in Strabo’s Geography,’
Philology 92.3 (pp. 235-246). Also available through JSTOR.
evidence on which ‘64 or 63 BCE’ is the standard date given for
Strabo’s birth: you may be surprised at how flimsy it is.
(1995) ‘Strabo, Polybios, and the
stade,’ Phoenix 49.1
Also available through JSTOR.
Why read this article? Find out how, when the Greeks first
converted their traditional stades into Roman miles, they took the number of
feet (600) in a stade and divided it into the number of feet (5000) in a
mile, yielding a conversion rate of 8 ⅓ stades to 1 mile. The later
conversion rate of 8 stades to 1 mile reflects an adjustment to take account
of the 25:24 ratio between the Greek foot and the
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