Between Geography and History: Hellenistic Constructions of by Katherine Clarke

By Katherine Clarke

The Roman empire extensively affected geographical conceptions, evoking new methods of describing the earth and of making its heritage. This ebook explores the writings of 3 literary figures of the age--Polybius, Posidonius, and Strabo--and how they used and reworked pre-existing Greek traditions so as to describe the recent global of Rome.

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P. 40. 57 S. ), Greek Historiography (Oxford, 1994), 131-6 6 · A. ), History as Text. The Writing of Ancient History (London, 1989), 1-10, adds weight to this view, arguing for the reading of 'historical' texts as literature. 58 C. Jacob» Geographie et ethnographie en Grece ancienne (Paris, 199Ο1 ^459 G. Amiotti, 'Cerne: "ultima terra'' \ CISA 13 (1987), 43~9> Other locations of Cerne were opposite the Persian Gulf according to Ephorus (Pliny NH 4. 35) and beyond the Pillars of Hercules, according to Era­ tosthenes (Strabo 1.

74 In particular, the concern with the human may explain Strabo's interest in places, transformed 73 P. E. James and G. J. Martin, All Possible Worlds: A History of Geographical Ideas (New York, 1981), 21. A similar opinion is expressed by R. E. Dickinson and O. J. R. Howarth, The Making of Geography (Oxford, ! 933). 3« t n a t Herodotus 'was a historian primarily, but one with a full sense of the value of geographical setting*. 74 P. M. Fraser, 'Eratosthenes of Cyrene', Proceedings of the British Academy, 56 (1970), 200, sees the non-subjective division of the world into 'seals' as precisely parallel to Eratosthenes' development of the Olympiadic system of time-reckoning.

As Harvey, The Condition of Postmodernity, 244, points out, the fixed viewpoint of perspective painting in the Renaissance was important in giving a systematic view of space. It is linked by D. E. Cosgrove, Social Formation and Symbolic Landscape (London and Sydney, 1984), 21, to a claim to truth and objectivity. 50 The attempt to depict a world with a single focalizer is in complete antithesis to the multi-faceted nature of experienced space. For the view that 'the mental map of each person is unique', see P.

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