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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

Paperback Published: 1st December 2001
ISBN: 9780199248261
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. Katherine Clarke explores the writings of three literary figures of the age - 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.

`Review from previous edition A fresh, lively and orginal study of three writers of antiquity who dealt with geographical as well as historical themes.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review `Classicists will find Clarke's detailed approach extremely gratifying.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review

List of abbreviations
Geographical and Historiographical Traditionsp. 1
Polybius and the 'Geographical' Historyp. 77
Posidonius: Geography, History, and Stoicismp. 129
Strabo and Spacep. 193
Strabo and Timep. 245
Strabo's Universalism: Geography, History, Rewriting the Roman Worldp. 294
Epiloguep. 337
The Arrangement of Posidonius' Historiesp. 346
The Fragments of Posidonius' Historiesp. 347
Strabo's Acknowledged Sources Arranged Region by Regionp. 374
Bibliographyp. 379
Index of passagesp. 395
Index of subjectsp. 400
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ISBN: 9780199248261
ISBN-10: 0199248265
Series: Oxford Classical Monographs (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 424
Published: 1st December 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.23 x 13.67  x 2.26
Weight (kg): 0.5