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Illiterate geography in classical Athens and Rome

This study is devoted to the channels through which geographic knowledge circulated in classical societies outside of textual transmission. It explores understanding of geography among the non-elites, as opposed to scholarly and scientific geography solely in written form which was the province of a very small number of learned people. 0It deals with non-literary knowledge of geography, geography not derived from texts, as it was available to people, educated or not, who did not read geographic works. This main issue is composed of two central questions: how, if at all, was geographic data available outside of textual transmission and in contexts in which there was no need to write or read? And what could the public know of geography? In general, three groups of sources are relevant to this quest: oral communications preserved in writing; public non-textual performances; and visual artefacts and monuments. All these are examined as potential sources for the aural and visual geographic knowledge of Greco-Roman publics. 0This volume will be of interest to anyone working on geography in the ancient world and to those studying non-elite culture
Print Book, English, 2021
Routledge, taylor $ Francis Group, London, 2021
xi, 265 Seiten Illustrationen, Karten 24 cm
9780367439705, 0367439700
Chapter One – Evaluating the unwritten and the unread; Chapter Two – Speeches; Chapter Three – Drama; Chapter Four – Proverbs and idioms; Chapter Five – Spectacles and public shows; Chapter Six – Visualizing geography; Chapter Seven – The scope of an illiterate geography; Appendices; Appendix A – Lists of place-names in speeches; Appendix B – Lists of place-names in dramatic plays; Appendix C – Selection of Greek geographic and ethnographic proverbs and idioms; Appendix D – Selection of Latin geographic and ethnographic proverbs and idioms; Appendix E – List of place-names in Olympic victor lists; Appendix F – List of place-names in the Fasti Triumphales 264/3-19 BCE