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(2016) ‘A road trip with Strabo: memory and composition in the Geography,’ Mnemosyne 69 (pp. 202-225). DOI 10.1163/1568525X – 12341819.


(2014) Review of the Barrington Atlas App for iPad (2013), Aestimatio 11 (pp. 191-201). Download a free colour PDF, or a free black and white (printable) PDF, direct from publisher; or download a free colour PDF through OJS, or by clicking here.


(2011) ‘ “When I was young and he was old”: the significance of overlap in Strabo’s Geography,’ Phoenix 65.1-2 (pp. 39-52). Available through JSTOR.
Find out how Strabo sees himself as embedded in the past – an historical relic in his own right – and incidentally note the implications for dating Strabo’s first visit to Rome.


(2010) ‘Roller’s Eratosthenes: A Strabonian slant.’ Review of Duane Roller’s Eratosthenes’ Geography, Princeton University Press (2010). Available exclusively through my Strabo website (


(2009) ‘ “The chambers of the dead and the gates of darkness”: a glimmer of criticism in Strabo’s Geography,’ Mnemosyne 62.2 (pp. 206-220)/IngentaConnect.
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’ death.


(2009) ‘Globalisation and empire: lessons from the ancient world,’ in Strategic Public Diplomacy. Shaping the Future of International Relations, edd. Nabil Ayad and Daryl Copeland, University 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, London, U.K.


(2005) Strabo’s Cultural Geography. The Making of a Kolossourgia. Book of collected papers, co-edited with Daniela Dueck and Hugh Lindsay. 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.

(2005) ‘The European provinces: Strabo as evidence,’ in Strabo’s Cultural Geography (above).

(2005) ‘Kolossourgia. A colossal statue of a work,’ in Strabo’s Cultural Geography (above).


(2003) Review of S.L. Radt’s Strabons Geographika, vol. 1 (2002). 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) /IngentaConnect/JSTOR/Cat. Inist.


(2000)  Review of Katherine Clarke’s Between Geography and History: Hellenistic Constructions of the Roman World (1999). Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2000.09.06.


(1999) ‘Strabo the geographer: his name and its meaning,’ Mnemosyne 52.6 (pp. 691-704)/IngentaConnect/JSTOR/Cat. Inist.


(1997) ‘The expression “our times” in Strabo’s Geography,’ Classical Philology 92.3 (pp. 235-246). Read online, free, through JSTOR; or download a free PDF here.
Revisit the 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 (pp. 49-67). Read online, free, through JSTOR; or download a free PDF here.
I take issue with the assumption that the varied conversion rates found in ancient literature between the Greek unit of linear measurement (the stade) and the Roman unit (the mile) reflect different ‘values’ for the Greek stade. When the Greeks first had cause to convert their traditional stade into new-fangled 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. Read this article to find out how the conversion rate of 8 stades to 1 mile, also given by ancient authors, reflects a refinement of the earlier rate.


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