Strabo: Geography, Books 15-16 (Loeb Classical Library No. by Strabo, Horace Leonard Jones

By Strabo, Horace Leonard Jones

Strabo (ca. sixty four BCE to ca. 25 CE), an Asiatic Greek of Amasia in Pontus, studied at Nysa and after forty four BCE at Rome. He turned a willing traveler who observed a wide a part of Italy, a variety of close to jap areas together with the Black Sea, quite a few elements of Asia Minor, Egypt so far as Ethiopia, and elements of Greece. He used to be decades in Alexandria the place he doubtless studied arithmetic, astronomy, and background. Strabo's old paintings is misplaced, yet his most crucial Geography in seventeen books has survived. After introductory books, numbers three and four care for Spain and Gaul, five and six with Italy and Sicily, 7 with north and east Europe, 8–10 with Greek lands, 11–14 with the most areas of Asia and with Asia Minor, 15 with India and Iran, sixteen with Assyria, Babylonia, Syria, and Arabia, 17 with Egypt and Africa. In define he follows the nice mathematical geographer Eratosthenes, yet provides normal descriptions of separate nations together with actual, political, and historic info. A sequel to his historic memoirs, Geography is deliberate it sounds as if for public servants instead of students—hence the debts of actual good points and of typical items. at the mathematical part it's a useful resource of knowledge approximately Eratosthenes, Hipparchus, and Posidonius. The Loeb Classical Library version of Strabo is in 8 volumes.

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15-17 that it is a difficult voyage for ships that are poorly furnished with sails and are constructed without ^ and that there are also belly-ribs on both sides other islands between Taprobane and India, though Taprobane is farthest south and that amphibious monsters are to be found round it, some of which are like kine, others like horses, and others like other land-animals. 16. Nearchus, speaking of the alluvia deposited by the rivers, gives the following examples that the Plain of the Hermus River, and that of the Cayster, as also those of the Maeander and the Caicus, are so named because they are increased, or rather created, by the silt that is carried down from the mountains over the plains that is all the silt that is fertile and soft and that it is carried down by the rivers, so that the plains are, in fact, the offspring, as it and that it is well said that were, of these rivers they belong to these.

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