The Routledge Companion to Strabo explores the works of Strabo of Amasia (c. 64 BCE – c. CE 24), a Greek author writing at the prime of Roman expansion and political empowerment. While his earlier historiographical composition is almost entirely lost, his major opus of the Geography includes an encyclopaedic look at the entire world known at the time: numerous ethnographic, topographic, historical, mythological, botanical, and zoological details, and much more.

This volume offers various insights to the literary and historical context of the man and his world. The Companion, in twenty-eight chapters written by an international group of scholars, examines several aspects of Strabo’s personality, the political and scholarly environment in which he was active, his choices as an author, and his ideas of history and geography. This selection of ongoing Strabonian studies is an invaluable resource not just for students and scholars of Strabo himself, but also for anyone interested in ancient geography and in the world of the early Roman Empire.

chapter |6 pages


Edited ByDaniela Dueck

part I|38 pages

Strabo’s point of view

chapter 1|13 pages

Strabo’s philosophy and stoicism

ByMyrto Hatzimichali

chapter 2|13 pages

“Such is Rome …”

Strabo on the “Imperial metropolis”
ByNicholas Purcell

chapter 3|10 pages

Looking in from the outside

Strabo’s attitude towards the Roman people
ByJesper Majbom Madsen

part II|289 pages

The Geography

chapter 4|13 pages

Strabo’s Mediterranean

ByKatherine Clarke

chapter 5|9 pages

Strabo’s description of the North and Roman geo-political ideas

ByEkaterina Ilyushechkina

chapter 6|10 pages

Strabo and Iberia

ByBenedict J. Lowe

chapter 7|14 pages

Strabo, Italy and the Italian peoples

ByElvira Migliario

chapter 8|9 pages

Strabo and the history of Armenia

ByGiusto Traina

chapter 9|8 pages

Strabo’s Libya

ByJehan Desanges

part |52 pages

Human geography

chapter 10|12 pages

Ethnography and identity in Strabo’s Geography

ByEdward Dandrow

chapter 11|12 pages

Strabo’s roads

ByTønnes Bekker-Nielsen

chapter 12|13 pages

Patterns of trade and economy in Strabo’s Geography

ByMarta García Morcillo

chapter 13|13 pages

Strabo’s Cis-Tauran Asia

A humanistic geography
ByMaría-Paz de Hoz

part I|29 pages

Mathematical geography

chapter 14|13 pages

Measurement data in Strabo’s Geography

ByKlaus Geus, Kurt Guckelsberger

chapter 15|14 pages


From maps to words
ByPierre Moret

part I|55 pages

The art of writing geography

chapter 16|12 pages

Signposts and sub-divisions

Hidden pointers in Strabo’s narrative
BySarah Pothecary

chapter 17|12 pages

A river runs through it

Waterways and narrative in Strabo
ByCatherine Connors

chapter 18|14 pages

Spicing up geography

Strabo’s use of tales and anecdotes
Edited ByDaniela Dueck

chapter 19|15 pages

Strabo’s expendables

The function and aesthetics of minor authority
ByJohannes Wietzke

part |57 pages

Traditions and sources

chapter 21|13 pages

Strabo and the Homeric commentators

ByAlexandra Trachsel

chapter 22|18 pages

Myth as evidence in Strabo

ByLee E. Patterson

chapter 23|12 pages

Under the shadow of Eratosthenes

Strabo and the Alexander historians
ByAntonio Ignacio Molina Marín

part |27 pages

The text

chapter 24|14 pages

Textual tradition and textual problems

ByRoberto Nicolai

chapter 25|11 pages

On translating Strabo into English

ByDuane W. Roller

part III|18 pages

The historiographic work(s)

chapter 26|16 pages

Strabo the historian

ByGościwit Malinowski

part IV|31 pages


chapter 27|12 pages

“So says Strabo”

The reception of Strabo’s work in antiquity
BySøren Lund Sørensen

chapter 28|17 pages

Strabo’s reception in the West (fifteenth–sixteenth centuries)

ByPatrick Gautier Dalché