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Between Geography and History : Hellenistic Constructions of the Roman World - Katherine Clarke

Between Geography and History

Hellenistic Constructions of the Roman World

Hardcover Published: 1st February 2000
ISBN: 9780199240036
Number Of Pages: 424

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The late Hellenistic period witnessed the rise of an imperial power whose dominion extended across almost the whole known world. The Roman empire radically affected geographical conceptions, evoking new ways of describing the earth and of constructing its history. In this book the writings of three literary figures of the age are explored: the History of Polybius, two fragmentary works of Posidonius, and the universal Geography of Strabo. Analysis in terms of the philosophical concepts of time and space reveals the generic fluidity of such 'geographical' and 'historical' works. Furthermore, these broadly conceived accounts are shown to be appropriate literary media for the response to Roman power. They use, but transform, pre-existing Greek traditions in order to describe the new world of Rome, making them fitting products of a transitional age. This book provides a new approach to Roman imperialism by considering its impact on historiography and geographical thought.

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`a fresh, lively and original study of three writers of antiquity who dealt with geographical as well as historical themes.' Sarah Pothecary, BMCR, 00.09.06. `Classicists will find C's detailed approach extremely gratifying.' Sarah Pothecary, BMCR, 00.09.06. `Always careful to provide quotations in English.' Sarah Pothecary, BMCR, 00.09.06. `Clarke deals nicely with the fragmentary nature of Posidonius.' J. Fischer, Choice, Sept.00.

Geographical and Historiographical Traditions
Polybius and the "Geographical" History
Posidonius: Geography, History, and Stoicism
Strabo and Space
Strabo and Time
Strabo's Universalism: Geography, History, Rewriting the Roman World
The Arrangement of Posidonius' Histories
The Fragments of Posidonius' Histories
Strabo's Acknowledged Sources Arranged Region by Region
Index of passages
Index of subjects
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780199240036
ISBN-10: 0199240035
Series: Oxford Classical Monographs
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 424
Published: 1st February 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 14.61  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.62