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Roman geographies of the Nile : from the late Republic to the early Empire

Author: A H Merrills
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The River Nile fascinated the Romans and appeared in maps, written descriptions, texts, poems and paintings of the developing empire. Tantalised by the unique status of the river, explorers were sent to find the sources of the Nile, while natural philosophers meditated on its deeper metaphysical significance. Andy Merrills' book, Roman Geographies of the Nile, examines the very different images of the river that  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: A H Merrills
ISBN: 9781107177284 1107177286
OCLC Number: 958796231
Description: xvi, 338 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: Roman Geography Triumphant --
Why the Nile? --
The Structure of the Argument --
1. A World Full of Maps? Public `Chorographies' in Late Republican and Early Imperial Rome --
The `Chorographies' of Vitruvius --
The Praeneste Nile Mosaic --
A World to Be Gazed upon and Talked About --
Conclusions: Visual Geographies on a Grand Scale --
2. The Dismembered Nile: The Geography of Triumphs and Monuments --
Triumphs --
Geography in Procession --
Making Sense of Triumphal Geographies --
The Wisdom of Crowds --
Making Maps from Metonyms --
The World in the City --
Conclusions: Fragments and Assemblages --
3. Gazing on the Nile: The Domestication of the River --
The House of the Ephebe and the Praedia of Julia Felix --
Pompeian Aegyptiaca --
Egypt in Context: The House of the Ceii --
Nile Landscapes and Roman Visual Culture in the Private Sphere --
The Development of Roman Nilotica^^^ Larger Prospects. Gardens and Villas --
Text and Image --
Conclusions: The Power of the Gaze --
4. Creatio ex Nilo: Metaphysics and the Unknowable River --
Lucretius, the Nile and the Nature of Knowledge --
Seneca and the Limits of Knowing --
Seneca's Nile and the Cycles of Cosmic Time --
Egyptian Cosmology and Roman Geography --
Isis, Serapis and the Nile in Pompeii --
Conclusions: Metaphysical Niles --
5. This River Is a Jumbled Line, Perhaps?: Journeys and Lines --
Itineraries: A World Defined by Routes, Nodes and Lines --
The Ethiopian Expedition: To Meroe and Beyond? --
Itineraries in Roman Egypt --
Strabo --
Tacitus on the Ill-Fated Egyptian Journey of Germanicus --
Satire and Parody --
Conclusions: Thinking in Lines --
6. Triumph and Disaster: Rendering the River in Verse --
The Politics of Geography in Epic and Elegy --
Lucan --
Conclusions: Poetic Geographies --
Afterword: The Many Niles of the Elder Pliny^^^ Nile Sources --
Multiple Egypts --
The World in Rome --
Conclusions: Kaleidoscopic Geographies.
Responsibility: Andy Merrills (University of Leicester).

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This book examines the Romans' many representations of the Nile, and what they tell us about geographical understanding in the ancient world.  Read more...

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