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The Edges of the Earth in Ancient Thought : Geography, Exploration, and Fiction - James S. Romm

The Edges of the Earth in Ancient Thought

Geography, Exploration, and Fiction

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For the Greeks and Romans the earth's farthest perimeter was a realm radically different from what they perceived as central and human. The alien qualities of these "edges of the earth" became the basis of a literary tradition that endured throughout antiquity and into the Renaissance, despite the growing challenges of emerging scientific perspectives. Here James Romm surveys this tradition, revealing that the Greeks, and to a somewhat lesser extent the Romans, saw geography not as a branch of physical science but as an important literary genre.

"An immensely engaging and erudite work, packed full of provocative insights... Romm successfully sorts out for us some of the most complex traditions of ancient geographic literature; and he deserves high marks for doing it in such an intelligent, original, and attractive manner."--T. Corey Brennan, Bryn Mawr Classical Review "Romm's incisive and brilliant analysis of Greco-Roman ideas of earth's geography is grounded in a linguistic interpretation of Greek conceptions of space and boundary... His work captures the imagination as few others have and will provide material for the study of the classical legacy in the shaping of the modern scientific mind for many years to come."--Helen Liebel-Weckowicz, Classical Bulletin

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Works Frequently Citedp. xiii
Introduction: Geography as a Literary Traditionp. 3
The Boundaries of Earthp. 9
Boundaries and the Boundlessp. 11
Ocean and Cosmic Disorderp. 20
Roads around the Worldp. 26
Herodotus and the Changing World Picturep. 32
Aristotle and Afterp. 41
Ethiopian and Hyperboreanp. 45
The Blameless Ethiopiansp. 49
The Fortunate Hyperboreansp. 60
Arimaspians and Scythiansp. 67
The Kunokephaloip. 77
Wonders of the Eastp. 82
Before Alexanderp. 83
Marvel-Collectors and Criticsp. 94
The Late Romance Traditionp. 109
Ultima Thule and Beyondp. 121
Antipodal Ambitionsp. 124
The North Sea Coastp. 140
The Headwaters of the Nilep. 149
The Atlantic Horizonp. 156
Geography and Fictionp. 172
Ocean and Poetryp. 176
The Voyage of Odysseusp. 183
Pytheas, Euhemerus, and Othersp. 196
The Fictions of Explorationp. 202
Epilogue: After Columbusp. 215
Indexp. 223
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ISBN: 9780691037882
ISBN-10: 0691037884
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 1st September 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.69 x 14.0  x 2.69
Weight (kg): 0.3