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A History of Ancient Geography Among the Greeks and Romans by E. H. Bunbury

By E. H. Bunbury

Excerpt from A heritage of historic Geography, Vol. 1 of two: one of the Greeks and Romans From the Earliest a long time until eventually the autumn of the Roman Empire

The current paintings is designed to provide a deficiency, which i've got cause to think has been felt via classical students. whereas there is not any wish of effortless treatises on historical geography, and the necessities of the extra complicated scholar are absolutely responded by way of the frilly articles in Dr. Smith's Dictionary of historical Geography as far as pertains to the main points of specific areas and nations, it really is awesome that there doesn't exist within the English language this sort of ancient evaluate of the topic as an entire, as is to be present in the introductions to the works of Mannert, Ukert, and Forbiger. yet even those treatises, in addition to being limited to scholars who're conversant in the German language, can hardly ever be stated to satisfy the calls for of both the coed or the geographer at this time day. Ukert's introductory quantity was once released way back to 1816, and that of Mannert nonetheless prior, whereas the more moderen paintings of Forbiger (itself released in 1841) is so disfigured via the buildup of cumbrous and pointless lists of names as to be altogether repulsive to the English reader.

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4t. c. 600. Concerning these legendary attriThe butions see the next chapter. attempt to explain the legend of the golden fleece by a practice of the barbarians in the neighbouring Caucasus ' He to collect the gold dust in the torrent beds by placing fleeces of wool intliem was done by Hesiod and Mimnermus. (Strabo, xi. 2, § 19, p. c ). ^Setes on the shores of the Ocean, as a'KoSrifxiai' Chap. VOYAGE OF THE ARGONAUTS. II. to conceive As soon 21 how such a notion should have acquired currency. as the Greeks began to extend their navigation into the Euxine, they would soon learn that at its eastern extre- mity lay the land of Colchis and as this was the remotest region towards the east of which they had any knowledge, it would be a natural conclusion to assume that here must be that far-distant land of the rising sun, to which the celebrated voyage of the Argonauts had been directed.

Bat such a representation has been so generally inserted in all treatises on ancient geography, what of absence its and discussions of termed Homeric geography, that I thought some readers would complain is in the text, mentioned. ; and at the and recalling same time to their it may assist them in following the narrative minds the order of sequence of the localities It will at least bring clearly before their eyes the utter absence of all relation with the real localities in the Mediterranean, with by Homer were brought in connection by local tradition which those mentioned and the perverse in- genuity of commentators.

World according —I am aware that may appear liable to the charge of inconsistency, in map purporting to represent the voyage of Ulysses, the body of my work my conviction that Homer had no I presenting the reader with a when I have expressed in such map present to his mind, and did not attempt to embody in any definite form his vague poetical conceptions of the wanderings of his hero from land to land and from one mythical island to another. Bat such a representation has been so generally inserted in all treatises on ancient geography, what of absence its and discussions of termed Homeric geography, that I thought some readers would complain is in the text, mentioned.

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