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The edges of the earth in ancient thought : geography, exploration, and fiction

Author: James S Romm
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The "edges of the earth" became the basis of a literary tradition, surveyed here, 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.
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Romm, James S.
Edges of the earth in ancient thought.
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1992
(OCoLC)644067344
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James S Romm
ISBN: 0691069336 9780691069333 9780691037882 0691037884
OCLC Number: 24064787
Description: xvi, 228 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: Geography as a Literary Tradition --
The Boundaries of Earth --
Boundaries and the Boundless --
Ocean and Cosmic Disorder --
Roads around the World --
Herodotus and the Changing World Picture --
Aristotle and After --
Ethiopian and Hyperborean --
The Blameless Ethiopians --
The Fortunate Hyperboreans --
Arimaspians and Scythians --
The Kunokephaloi --
Wonders of the East --
Before Alexander --
Marvel-Collectors and Critics --
The Late Romance Tradition --
Ultima Thule and Beyond --
Antipodal Ambitions --
The North Sea Coast --
The Headwaters of the Nile --
The Atlantic Horizon --
Geography and Fiction --
Ocean and Poetry --
The Voyage of Odysseus --
Pytheas, Euhemerus, and Others --
The Fictions of Exploration --
Epilogue: After Columbus.
Responsibility: James S. Romm.
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