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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 better.


(2011) ‘ “When I was young and he was old”: the significance of overlap in Strabo’s Geography,’ Phoenix 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.


(2010) ‘Roller’s Eratosthenes: a Strabonian slant.’ Duane Roller’s Eratosthenes’ Geography (Princeton University Press, 2010) reviewed by Sarah Pothecary.


(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). 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’ death.


(2009) ‘Globalisation and empire: lessons from the ancient world,’ in N. Ayad, D. Copeland, eds, Strategic Public Diplomacy. Shaping the Future of International Relations, 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, 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.


(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) 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.


(2000)  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,’ Classical Philology 92.3 (pp. 235-246).  Also available through JSTOR.
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). 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 Roman foot.


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