By Katherine Clarke
The Roman empire substantially affected geographical conceptions, evoking new methods of describing the earth and of creating its background. This booklet explores the writings of 3 literary figures of the age--Polybius, Posidonius, and Strabo--and how they used and remodeled pre-existing Greek traditions with a purpose to describe the hot global of Rome.
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524). 08 H. Prince, 'Time and Historical Geography', in Making Seme of Time, 18. 99 D. P. Fowler, 'Narrate and Describe: The Problem of Ekphrasis*, JRS 81 (IOQT), 25. 38 Geography and Historiography certain structure with beginning, middle, and satisfactory end. 1 0 0 T o take a simple example, a description of the rooms in a house could be written in such a way that we would know when to expect the end, but would it not also be possible to write such a description so as to give no clue as to the logical conclusion (other than that the house must end at some point)?
12); those approaching Delphi were hit by rocks falling from Parnassus and thunderbolts at the shrine of Athene Pronaos (8. 37). By contrast, nature could be a good ally to the potential victims of Persian imperialism. The Athenians, the 83 D. Demeritt, 'The Nature of Metaphors in Cultural Geography and Environmental History*, Progress in Human Geography, 18 (1994), 163-85. Environmental historians, says Demeritt, are committed to representing 'the agency of nature as autonomous from cultural ways of understanding it1 (p.
Agnew and J. S. ), The Power of Place: Bringing together Geographical and Sociological Imaginations (Boston, 1989), 104: 'places are physical locations imbued with human meaning1. Cosgrove argues that the North Pole is a place in a way that 76 °W, 43 °N is not. 40 D. Parkes and N. Thrift, Tutting Time in its Place', in Making Seme of Time, 119. 4t G. Allan, reviewing Ε. Ε. Harris, The Reality of Time (Albany, 1988), in History and Theory, 28 (1989), 353. Geography and Historiography 19 'I don't suppose they're anywhere yet/ said Polly.