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A Historical and Topographical Guide to the Geography of Strabo (Hardcover): Duane W Roller A Historical and Topographical Guide to the Geography of Strabo (Hardcover)
Duane W Roller
R3,939 Discovery Miles 39 390 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Strabo's Geography, completed in the early first century AD, is the primary source for the history of Greek geography. This Guide provides the first English analysis of and commentary on this long and difficult text, and serves as a companion to the author's The Geography of Strabo, the first English translation of the work in many years. It thoroughly analyzes each of the seventeen books and provides perhaps the most thorough bibliography as yet created for Strabo's work. Careful attention is paid to the historical and cultural data, the thousands of toponyms, and the many lost historical sources that are preserved only in the Geography. This volume guides readers through the challenges and complexities of the text, allowing an enhanced understanding of the numerous topics that Strabo covers, from the travels of Alexander and the history of the Mediterranean to science, religion, and cult.

New Directions in the Study of Ancient Geography (Paperback): Duane W Roller New Directions in the Study of Ancient Geography (Paperback)
Duane W Roller
R999 Discovery Miles 9 990 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Eratosthenes' Geography (Hardcover): Eratosthenes Eratosthenes' Geography (Hardcover)
Eratosthenes; Edited by Duane W Roller
R1,489 R1,185 Discovery Miles 11 850 Save R304 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This is the first modern edition and first English translation of one of the earliest and most important works in the history of geography, the third-century Geographika of Eratosthenes. In this work, which for the first time described the geography of the entire inhabited world as it was then known, Eratosthenes of Kyrene (ca. 285-205 BC) invented the discipline of geography as we understand it. A polymath who served as librarian at Alexandria and tutor to the future King Ptolemy IV, Eratosthenes created the terminology of geography, probably including the word "geographia" itself. Building on his previous work, in which he determined the size and shape of the earth, Eratosthenes in the "Geographika" created a grid of parallels and meridians that linked together every place in the world: for the first time one could figure out the relationship and distance between remote localities, such as northwest Africa and the Caspian Sea. The "Geographika" also identified some four hundred places, more than ever before, from Thoule (probably Iceland) to Taprobane (Sri Lanka), and from well down the coast of Africa to Central Asia.

This is the first collation of the more than 150 fragments of the "Geographika" in more than a century. Each fragment is accompanied by an English translation, a summary, and commentary. Duane W. Roller provides a rich background, including a history of the text and its reception, a biography of Eratosthenes, and a comprehensive account of ancient Greek geographical thought and of Eratosthenes' pioneering contribution to it. This edition also includes maps that show all of the known places named in the "Geographika," appendixes, a bibliography, and indexes.

Empire of the Black Sea - The Rise and Fall of the Mithridatic World (Hardcover): Duane W Roller Empire of the Black Sea - The Rise and Fall of the Mithridatic World (Hardcover)
Duane W Roller
R579 Discovery Miles 5 790 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

What is commonly called the kingdom of Pontos flourished for over two hundred years in the coastal regions of the Black Sea. At its peak in the early first century BC, it included much of the southern, eastern, and northern littoral, becoming one of the most important Hellenistic dynasties not founded by a successor of Alexander the Great. It also posed one of the greatest challenges to Roman imperial expansion in the east. Not until 63 BC, after many violent clashes, was Rome able to subjugate the kingdom and its last charismatic ruler Mithridates VI. This book provides the first general history, in English, of this important kingdom from its mythic origins in Greek literature (e.g., Jason and the Golden Fleece) to its entanglements with the late Roman Republic. Duane Roller presents its rulers and their complex relationships with the powers of the eastern Mediterranean and Near East, most notably Rome. In addition, he includes detailed discussions of Pontos' cultural achievements-a rich blend of Greek and Persian influences - as well as its political and military successes, especially under Mithridates VI, who proved to be as formidable a foe to Rome as Hannibal. Previous histories of Pontos have focused almost exclusively on the career of its last ruler. Setting that famous reign in its wide historical context, Empire of the Black Sea is an engaging and definitive account of a powerful yet little-known ancient dynasty.

Cleopatra's Daughter - and Other Royal Women of the Augustan Era (Hardcover): Duane W Roller Cleopatra's Daughter - and Other Royal Women of the Augustan Era (Hardcover)
Duane W Roller
R683 Discovery Miles 6 830 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Roman emperor Augustus gave his name to the age he dominated, from the latter half of the first century BC until the second decade of the following century. Yet he shared the age with several royal women who ruled parts of the Mediterranean world, in a symbiotic relationship with Rome. This book is the first detailed portrait of these remarkable women. Previous accounts of the period have centered on Augustus or Rome's allied kings, with scant attention to the women who ruled as their partners or on their own. The most famous of these is Cleopatra Selene, the daughter of the great Cleopatra VII of Egypt and her partner, the Roman magistrate Marcus Antonius. Her very survival following Roman victory over her mother's forces is itself noteworthy but she went on to rule Mauretania (northwest Africa) with her husband for more than twenty years. She even attempted to reconstitute her mother's legacy in this remote region and, like her mother, was an ardent patron of the arts and scholarship. Other women of note included in this book are Pythodoris of Pontos, who ruled northern Asia Minor for forty years, and Salome of Judaea, the sister of Herod the Great, who, while never queen, exercised significant power for nearly half a century. These and others - Glaphyra of Cappadocia, Dynamis of Bosporos, Abe of Olbe, and Mousa of Parthia - were all part of the interrelated dynasties of the Augustan Age. Their values and attitudes toward rule directly affected the emergent Roman imperial system, and their legacy survived for centuries through their descendants and the goals of the royal women of Rome, such as Livia and Octavia, the wife and sister of Augustus. Assimilating all of the historical and archaeological evidence, Cleopatra's Daughter recovers these extraordinary women from the dim shadows of the ancient past.

The Geography of Strabo - An English Translation, with Introduction and Notes (Paperback): Duane W Roller The Geography of Strabo - An English Translation, with Introduction and Notes (Paperback)
Duane W Roller
R1,056 Discovery Miles 10 560 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Geography of Strabo is the only surviving work of its type in Greek literature, and the major source for the history of Greek scholarship on geography and the formative processes of the earth. In addition, this lengthy and complex work contains a vast amount of information on other topics, including the journey of Alexander the Great, cultic history, the history of the eastern Mediterranean in the first century BC, and women's history. Modern knowledge of seminal geographical authors such as Eratosthenes and Hipparchos relies almost totally on Strabo's use of them. This is the first complete English translation in nearly a century, and the first to make use of recent scholarship on the Greek text itself and on the history of geography. The translation is supplemented by a detailed discussion of Strabo's life and his purpose in writing the Geography, as well as the sources that he used.

The Geography of Strabo - An English Translation, with Introduction and Notes (Hardcover): Duane W Roller The Geography of Strabo - An English Translation, with Introduction and Notes (Hardcover)
Duane W Roller
R4,458 Discovery Miles 44 580 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Geography of Strabo is the only surviving work of its type in Greek literature, and the major source for the history of Greek scholarship on geography and the formative processes of the earth. In addition, this lengthy and complex work contains a vast amount of information on other topics, including the journey of Alexander the Great, cultic history, the history of the eastern Mediterranean in the first century BC, and women's history. Modern knowledge of seminal geographical authors such as Eratosthenes and Hipparchos relies almost totally on Strabo's use of them. This is the first complete English translation in nearly a century, and the first to make use of recent scholarship on the Greek text itself and on the history of geography. The translation is supplemented by a detailed discussion of Strabo's life and his purpose in writing the Geography, as well as the sources that he used.

A History of Ancient Geography - Among the Greeks and Romans from the Earliest Ages Till the Fall of the Roman Empire... A History of Ancient Geography - Among the Greeks and Romans from the Earliest Ages Till the Fall of the Roman Empire (Hardcover)
E H Bunbury; Introduction by Duane W Roller
R8,342 Discovery Miles 83 420 Out of stock

First published in 1879, Sir Edward Bunbury's A History of Ancient Geography remains the seminal work in English on its subject. In two substantial volumes of outstanding scholarship the author surveys the development of geography in ancient times from its beginnings to the fall of the Roman Empire. It contains a wealth of information drawn not just from the geographical handbooks of Strabo, Pomponius Mela, Pliny the Elder and Ptolemy but from every corner of Greek and Latin literature including contemporary travelers' accounts. Integrating topographical analyses with geography, the History remains unchallenged as a meticulously researched and thoroughly balanced treatment of its subject. This edition contains a new introduction by Duane Roller, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Classics, Ohio State University, USA.

Cleopatra - A Biography (MP3 format, CD): Duane W Roller Cleopatra - A Biography (MP3 format, CD)
Duane W Roller; Read by Mark Ashby
R224 R176 Discovery Miles 1 760 Save R48 (21%) Out of stock
New Directions in the Study of Ancient Geography (Hardcover): Duane W Roller New Directions in the Study of Ancient Geography (Hardcover)
Duane W Roller
R2,005 R1,834 Discovery Miles 18 340 Save R171 (9%) Out of stock
Through the Pillars of Herakles - Greco-Roman Exploration of the Atlantic (Paperback): Duane W Roller Through the Pillars of Herakles - Greco-Roman Exploration of the Atlantic (Paperback)
Duane W Roller
R1,136 Discovery Miles 11 360 Out of stock

In this first study of the Greek and Roman exploration for over half a century, Duane W. Roller presents an important examination of the impact of the Greeks and Romans on the world through the Pillars of Herakles and beyond the Mediterranean.

Roller chronicles a detailed account of the series of explorers who were to discover the entire Atlantic coast; north to Iceland, Scandinavia and the Baltic, and south into the Africa tropics. His account examines these early pioneers and their discoveries, and contributes a brand new chapter to the history of exploration.

Based not only on the literary evidence, but also personal knowledge of the areas from the Arctic to west Africa, the book looks at the people, from the earliest Greeks, through the Carthaginians to the Romans, and examines their exploration of this vast and largely unfamiliar territory.

Discussing for the first time the relevance of Iceland and the Arctic to Greco-Roman culture, this groundbreaking work is an enthralling and informative read that will be an invaluable study resource for Greek and Roman history courses

The World of Juba II and Kleopatra Selene - Royal Scholarship on Rome's African Frontier (Paperback): Duane W Roller The World of Juba II and Kleopatra Selene - Royal Scholarship on Rome's African Frontier (Paperback)
Duane W Roller
R1,182 Discovery Miles 11 820 Out of stock

First Published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Building Program of Herod the Great (Hardcover, New): Duane W Roller The Building Program of Herod the Great (Hardcover, New)
Duane W Roller
R1,752 R1,566 Discovery Miles 15 660 Save R186 (11%) Out of stock

Herod the Great, King of Judaea from 444 B.C., is known as one of the world's great villains. This notoriety has overshadowed his actual achievements, particularly his role as a client king of Rome during Augustus's reign as emperor. An essential aspect of Herod's responsibilities as king of Judaea was his role as a builder. Remarkably innovative, he created an astonishing record of architectural achievement, not only in Judaea but also throughout Greece and the Roman east. Duane W. Roller systematically presents and discusses all the building projects known to have been initiated by Herod, and locates this material in a broad historical and cultural context. Bringing together previously inaccessible material, Roller enriches our understanding of the enigmatic Herod and provides new insights into Roman architecture. Herod was instrumental in the diffusion of the Augustan architectural revolution into the provinces and was the first to build outside Italy such Italian architectural forms as the basilica, amphitheater, villa, and Italian temple. Herod's legacy provided a groundwork for the architectural Romanization of the east, influencing the construction of the great temple complexes and palaces so familiar from later Roman architecture. Herod, like Augustus himself, was not only interested in architecture but also in diplomatic and financial contacts among cities of the region. In addition to providing a repertorium of the building projects, this study is also an exploration of international relations in the eastern Mediterranean at the beginning of the Roman imperial period.

The World of Juba II and Kleopatra Selene - Royal Scholarship on Rome's African Frontier (Hardcover): Duane W Roller The World of Juba II and Kleopatra Selene - Royal Scholarship on Rome's African Frontier (Hardcover)
Duane W Roller
R2,616 Discovery Miles 26 160 Out of stock


This book explores the complex culture and legacy of the north African kingdom of Mauretania, ruled by the scholarly client king Juba II and his wife Kleopatra, daughter of Mark Anthony and Kleopatra VII. This detailed and comprehensive study is not only the first examination in English of Juba's life and career, but the first critical analysis of the king both as an implementer of the Augustan political, artistic and intellectual programme and as a notable scholar.

Through the Pillars of Herakles - Greco-Roman Exploration of the Atlantic (Hardcover): Duane W Roller Through the Pillars of Herakles - Greco-Roman Exploration of the Atlantic (Hardcover)
Duane W Roller
R2,726 Discovery Miles 27 260 Out of stock

In this first study of the Greek and Roman exploration for over half a century, Duane W. Roller presents an important examination of the impact of the Greeks and Romans on the world through the Pillars of Herakles and beyond the Mediterranean. Roller chronicles a detailed account of the series of explorers who were to discover the entire Atlantic coast; north to Iceland, Scandinavia and the Baltic, and south into the Africa tropics. His account examines these early pioneers and their discoveries, and contributes a brand new chapter to the history of exploration. Based not only on the literary evidence, but also personal knowledge of the areas from the Arctic to west Africa, the book looks at the people, from the earliest Greeks, through the Carthaginians to the Romans, and examines their exploration of this vast and largely unfamiliar territory. Discussing for the first time the relevance of Iceland and the Arctic to Greco-Roman culture, this groundbreaking work is an enthralling and informative read that will be an invaluable study resource for Greek and Roman history courses

Ancient Geography - The Discovery of the World in Classical Greece and Rome (Paperback): Duane W Roller Ancient Geography - The Discovery of the World in Classical Greece and Rome (Paperback)
Duane W Roller
R475 R443 Discovery Miles 4 430 Save R32 (7%) Out of stock

Since then new texts have appeared (such as the Artemidoros palimpsest), and new editions of existing texts (by geographical authorities who include Agatharchides, Eratosthenes, Pseudo-Skylax and Strabo) have been produced. There has been much archaeological research, especially at the perimeters of the Greek world, and a more accurate understanding of ancient geography and geographers has emerged. The topic is therefore overdue a fresh and sustained treatment. In offering precisely that, Duane Roller explores important topics like knowledge of the world in the Bronze Age and Archaic periods; Greek expansion into the Black Sea and the West; the Pythagorean concept of the earth as a globe; the invention of geography as a discipline by Eratosthenes; Polybios the explorer; Strabo's famous Geographica; the travels of Alexander the Great; Roman geography; Ptolemy and late antiquity; and the cultural reawakening of antique geographical knowledge in the Renaissance, including Columbus' use of ancient sources.

Cleopatra - A Biography (Paperback): Duane W Roller Cleopatra - A Biography (Paperback)
Duane W Roller
R297 R250 Discovery Miles 2 500 Save R47 (16%) Out of stock

Few personalities from classical antiquity are more famous--yet more poorly understood--than Cleopatra VII, queen of Egypt. In this major biography, Duane Roller reveals that Cleopatra was in fact a learned and visionary leader whose overarching goal was always the preservation of her dynasty and kingdom.
Roller's authoritative account is the first to be based solely on primary materials from the Greco-Roman period: literary sources, Egyptian documents (Cleopatra's own writings), and representations in art and coinage produced while she was alive. His compelling portrait of the queen illuminates her prowess as a royal administrator who managed a large and diverse kingdom extending from Asia Minor to the interior of Egypt, as a naval commander who led her own fleet in battle, and as a scholar and supporter of the arts. Even her love affairs with Julius Caesar and Marcus Antonius--the source of her reputation as a supreme seductress who drove men to their doom--were carefully crafted state policies: she chose these partners to insure the procreation of successors who would be worthy of her distinguished dynasty. That Cleopatra ultimately lost to her Roman opponents, Roller contends, in no way diminishes her abilities.
"Roller tells his tale smoothly and accessibly....The resulting portrait is that of a complex, many-sided figure, a potent Hellenistic ruler who could move the tillers of power as skillfully as any man, and one far and nobly removed from the 'constructed icon' of popular imagination."
--The New York Times Book Review
"A rich account of late Ptolemaic culture."
--The New Yorker
"Offers a superb panorama of the society and culture of late Ptolemaic Egypt, with vivid sketches of the (remarkably vigorous) intellectual life of Cleopatra's Alexandria and the structural instabilities of the late Ptolemaic state."
--Times Literary Supplement
"Besides providing a compelling story and breathing fresh air into a heretofore two-dimensional caricature from history, Roller's 'Cleopatra' provides an interesting commentary on the attitudes still prevalent towards women who rule."
--Christian Science Monitor

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