The Book

Ancient Greek geographical writing is represented not just by the surviving works of the well-known authors Strabo, Pausanias, and Ptolemy, but also by many other texts dating from the Archaic to the Late Antique period. Most of these texts are, however, hard for non-specialists to find, and many have never been translated into English. The present volumes, the work of an international team of experts, present the most important thirty-six texts in new, accurate translations. In addition, there are explanatory notes and authoritative introductions to each text, which offer a new understanding of the individual writings and demonstrate their importance: no longer marginal, but in the mainstream of Greek literature and science. The book includes twenty-eight newly drawn maps, images of the medieval manuscripts in which most of these works survive, and a full Introduction providing a comprehensive survey of the field of Greek and Roman geography.

The Editor

D. Graham J. Shipley, a native of Northumberland and alumnus of the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle upon Tyne, is Professor of Ancient History and a Public Orator at the University of Leicester, where he was a founding member of the highly regarded School of Archaeology & Ancient History. He is the author of many studies of Greek history that bring together written sources, archaeology, and landscape.

A Literae Humaniores graduate of Wadham College, Oxford, he held research fellowships at Wadham and Balliol, and then at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, before his appointment at Leicester. He has been Visiting Fellow at the British School at Athens, and has held a British Academy–Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship. He is a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, the Royal Geographical Society, the Royal Historical Society, and the Society of Antiquaries of London, as well as a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He holds a D.Phil. from Oxford, and was awarded a D.Litt. by examination in 2020. His interest in local identities led him to inaugurate the successful campaign for a registered flag for the historic county of Leicestershire.

A former Chair of the Council of University Classical Departments and member of the UK Education Honours Committee, he currently serves on the Oxford Classical Texts Committee of Oxford University Press. In 2019 he was elected a member of GAHIA, the Asociación Internacional ‘Geography & Historiography in Antiquity’.

Geography of the Ancient Greek World