Strabo's Geographica

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Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss Strabo's Geographica. Written almost exactly two thousand years ago by a Greek scholar living in Rome, the Geographica is an ambitious attempt to describe the entire world known to the Romans and Greeks at that time. Strabo seems to have based his book on accounts of distant lands given to him by contemporary travellers and imperial administrators, and on earlier works of scholarship by other Greek writers. One of the earliest systematic works of geography, Strabo's book offers a revealing insight into the state of ancient scholarship, and remained influential for many centuries after the author's death.


Paul Cartledge
AG Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at the University of Cambridge

Maria Pretzler
Senior Lecturer in Ancient History at Swansea University

Benet Salway
Senior Lecturer in Ancient History at UCL

Producer: Thomas Morris.

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Thu 10 Apr 2014 21:30


Paul Cartledge at the University of Cambridge


Maria Pretzler at Swansea University


Benet Salway at UCL


Strabo's Geographica - English text


Strabo's Geographica - Greek text


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Geographica - Wikipedia





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Role Contributor
PresenterMelvyn Bragg
Interviewed GuestPaul Cartledge
Interviewed GuestMaria Pretzler
Interviewed GuestBenet Salway
ProducerThomas Morris

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