Brill's Companion to Ancient Geography edited by S. Bianchetti, M. R. Cataudella, H. J. Gehrke is the first collection of studies on historical geography of the ancient world that focuses on a selection of topics considered crucial for understanding the development of geographical thought. In this work, scholars, all of whom are specialists in a variety of fields, examine the interaction of humans with their environment and try to reconstruct the representations of the inhabited world in the works of ancient historians, scientists, and cartographers. Topics include: Eudoxus, Dicaearchus, Eratosthenes, Hipparchus, Agatharchides, Agrippa, Strabo, Pliny and Solinus, Ptolemy, and the Peutinger Map. Other issues are also discussed such as onomastics, the boundaries of states, Pythagorism, sacred itineraries, measurement systems, and the Holy Land.
Serena Bianchetti is full Professor of Greek History at the University of Florence. Her main area of interest is in Hellenistic history, particularly of the IVth century BCE. She has also studied themes of historical-political geography (
Plota kai poreuta. Sulle tracce di una Periegesi anonima (Firenze, 1990),
Geografia storica del mondo antico (Bologna, 2008)) and scientific geography (
Pitea of Massalia, L'oceano, Introduzione, testo, traduzione e commento (Pisa-Roma, 1998)).
Michele R. Cataudella has been Professor of Greek History since 1968. He first taught Greek History and then Ancient Oriental History at the University of Catani and became full professor of Greek History at the University of Florence in 1981 where he taught until 2010. Prevalent themes in his research include: economics and public finance in the ancient world, Mycenaean society and the relations between Greece and the East, ancient historiography and geography, the fourth century CE. He has been editor of
SILENO. Rivista di studi classici e cristiani since 1981 and is a member of the Société Nationale des Antiquaires de France since 2001.
Hans-Joachim Gehrke specializes in Ancient History and participates in research and teaching at several universities in Germany, Italy, Switzerland and, especially, in Freiburg. He is a member, inter alia, of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the Academia Europaea and the American Institute of Archaeology. For the past few years, he has been President of the German Archaeological Institute. He is the author of many books, in particular:
Jenseits von Athen und Sparta (München, 1986),
Geschichte des Hellenismus (München, 1990),
Alexander der Grosse (München, 1996), and
Demokratie in Athen (Berlin, 2002).
Contributors are: Pascal Arnaud, Germaine Aujac, Serena Bianchetti, Reinhold Bichler, Kai Brodersen, Veronica Bucciantini, Michele R. Cataudella, Gonzalo Cruz Andreotti, Giovanna Daverio, Emilio Galvagno, Hans Johachim Gehrke, Klaus Geus, Pietro Janni, Anne Kolb, Gianfranco Maddoli, Didier Marcotte, Eckart Olshausen, Francesco Prontera, Michael Rathmann, Pierre Schneider, Jan Stenger.
''This Companion to Greek and Roman Geography should be regarded both as a result and as a testimony of the interest ancient geography has been eliciting in the last 30 years. The three editors are, to a great extent, apart from the already-mentioned Hans-Joachim Gehrke, Serena Bianchetti and Michele Cataudella have authored countless contributions to the research area, ranging from topics as diverse as the voyage and work of Pytheas of Massalia, the sitting and nature of the Pillars of Heracles, the geographic reception of Greek geography among Christian authors, or the relationship between astronomy and cartography,
inter alia. Moreover, under their guidance, the book brings together many of the most relevant authorities in recent scholarship on ancient geographic literature and thought. (...) The contributors consistently attain the highest level of complication. All this makes the book an interesting piece of research for being an excellent and useful instrument for scholars from other areas of knowledge, interested in the geographic ideas of the Greeks and Romans.'' Irene Pajón Leyra,
Exemplaria Classica 2017.21 ''Insgesamt gelingt es den Herausgebern mit diesem sorgfältig erarbeiteten Band, speziellere Einzelthemen mit eher überblicksartig angelegten Kapiteln sowie Beiträgen zu einschlägigen antiken Autoren instruktiv miteinander zu verbinden. Der Leser erhält nicht nur einen anregenden Einblick in die vielschichtigen Modelle geographischen Denkens sowie in die hiermit verbundenen aktuellen Forschungstrends; er kann auch entscheidende Wende- und Knotenpunkte der Entwicklung (in ihrem historischen Kontext) nachvollziehen, aus denen sich neue Impulse und grundlegende Veränderungen (die Vf. sprechen m.E. etwas zu häufig von „revolution“) ergaben.'' Raimund Schulz,
Historische Zeitschrift 2018.306
Recommended to those interested in geographical history and the ancient world (Greece and Rome) and specifically with issues concerning scientific geography and cartography.