Pseudo-Skylax's Periplous

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Pseudo-Skylax's Periplous

The Circumnavigation of the Inhabited World: Text, Translation and Commentary


November 28th, 2011



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‘Stylishly produced and generously illustrated . . . succeeds in presenting a fresh and sympathetic assessment . . . at the same time making this obscure text more widely accessible . . . will become a standard reference tool.’
M. Woolmer, Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2012

‘. . . offers a wealth of geographical, ethnographical and historical information . . . strikes a happy balance between introductory remarks and depth of coverage . . . Through the scholarly weight of his commentary and his clear presentation of the text and its issues, Shipley has succeeded in making the Periplous accessible and relevant, while setting the bar high for future editions of ancient geographers. . . . Shipley's masterly new edition makes the text available to classicists and historians interested in Mediterranean geography and in intellectual pursuits in the late Greek classical era.’
F. Racine, Classical Review 63, 1 (2013)

'Shipley has produced a most valuable edition of a hitherto little-read text. He encourages sympathetic and productive engagement with an enigmatic work that spans different intellectual, historical and geographical contexts. In this, he has done a service not only to the unknown author of the text, but also to those who are interested in the history of the Mediterranean world, the intellectual milieu of the fourth century BC and the geographical tradition.’
K. Clarke, Journal of Hellenic Studies (2013)

'The introduction, concise and clear, establishes the dossier of information available about the Period of the inhabited earth, all highlighting the gaps in our knowledge. [...] Philologists, historians of Antiquity in general and ancient geography in particular will certainly be delighted to have a pseudo-Skylax, faithfully restored, translated and commented on.'
Monique Mund-Dopchie, L'antiquité classique (Translated from French)

Author Information

Graham Shipley is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Leicester. His work concentrates in the Late Classical and Hellenistic periods, and its main geographical focuses have been, first, the island of Samos and, more recently, the Peloponnese (especially Sparta and Laconia). He is a former Chair of the Council of University Classical Departments (CUCD) and of the British School at Athens Sparta and Laconia Committee. His many publications include The Greek World after Alexander: 323–30 BC (2000), shortlisted for the Runciman Prize in 2001, and The Early Hellenistic Peloponnese: Politics, Economies, and Networks, 338–197 BC (2018).

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