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This bibliography is selective and is limited to general books and articles on Strabo published in 1995 or later. Click on the author’s name for earlier publications listed on Strabo: Bibliography (before 1995).

Editions and translations of the Geography are not included below. For these, see Editions of Strabo’s Geography and Translations of Strabo’s Geography, both on this website.

There is an increasing number of editions/studies of individual books/regions and articles analysing specific passages of Strabo. These are included in Strabo’s Geography: texts of individual books and commentaries on specific regions, on this website.


... a contribution by Stephen Mitchell from 2002, ‘In Search of the Pontic Community in Antiquity,’ in Representations of Empire. Rome and the Mediterranean World, eds. A.K Bowman, H. Cotton, M. Goodman, S. Price (35-64, esp. 48, 50-51). Mitchell argues that ‘Pontus’ was the official name of the Roman province formed in 63 BCE after King Mithridates VI Eupator had lost the greater part of his kingdom to the Romans. Mitchell suggests that this name, ‘Pontus,’ was familiar to Strabo through the nomenclature of the Roman province, and that Strabo retrojects the name when using it to describe the independent kingdom which preceded the province. Mitchell argues that Strabo’s retrojection is anachronistic since there is no evidence that Mithridates’ kingdom had ever been called ‘Pontus’ by contemporaries; and quite a lot of evidence that its inhabitants were simply considered ‘Cappadocians.’

A passage of Strabo is seen by Mitchell (54 n. 132) as a potential problem to his argument, viz. 12.1.4, C 534: ‘one part they named specifically ‘Cappadocia’ and ‘[Cappadocia] by the Taurus’ and, by Zeus, ‘Greater Cappadocia’; the other [they named] ‘Pontus,’ and some [named it]‘Cappadocia by Pontus.’ Mitchell understands Strabo to be saying that the name ‘Pontus’ dates back to the original formation of the Mithridatic kingdom. This is contrary to Mitchell’s thesis and Mitchell thus supports an earlier suggestion that Strabo’s words have been corrupted.

Strabo’s words may not, however, be as contrary to Mitchell’s thesis as he has supposed. Strabo can be understood as simply listing the various names that have been applied by various writers, up to his own day. In other words, ‘they’ in Strabo’s statement may refer simply to writers, including recent ones. Strabo’s words need not be seen as an obstacle to Mitchell’s thesis that the name ‘Pontus’ was applied only retrospectively, and inaccurately, to the Mithridatid kingdom by Roman writers.

For other passages where Strabo deals with Roman provincial names, see Pothecary in Strabo’s Cultural Geography. The Making of a Kolossourgia (2005). 

... an article from 2004 on the settlement of Pleuron in Greece by Michael Lippman shows how a misreading of Strabo 10.2.4 has led to a misreading of the history of Pleuron. The article, ‘Strabo 10.2.4 and the Synoecism of ‘Newer’ Pleuron,’ appears in Hesperia 73: 497-512. The article has a useful appendix on the meaning of the verb sunoikivzw.  

... my attention has recently been drawn to a Spanish contribution, from 2001, by Alicia Canto, ‘Sinoicismo y stolati en Emerita, Caesaraugusta y Pax: Una relectura de Estrabón 3.2.15,’ Gerión 19: 423-476. Canto argues for the retention of the term stolavtoi found at 3.2.15 and, in Canto’s view, unnecessarily emended by Kramer (1844-52); she provides an explanation of the term. For an English abstract, click here and scroll down the page.

Also noteworthy …

... forthcoming, a paper on the Black Sea region by David Braund, ‘Polemo, Pythodoris and Strabo: Friends of Rome in the Black Sea Region’ in the soon-to-be-published Roms auswärtige Freunde, edited by A. Coskun and H. Heinen.

... a 2006 collection edited by Giusto Traina, called Studi sull'età di Marco Antonio [Rudiae. Ricerche sul mondo classico 18], Galatina: Congedo Editore. See in particular C. Franco, ‘Tarso tra Antonio e Ottaviano (Strabone 14.5.14),’ 313-339.

... published in December 2005 by Cambridge University Press, Strabo’s Cultural Geography. The Making of a Kolossourgia. Click here for the table of contents. Based on the papers delivered at the 2001 Bar Ilan conference on Strabo, this volume has been edited by Daniela Dueck, Hugh Lindsay and Sarah Pothecary to emphasise the cultural context of Strabo’s work. For full details, see the entry on the Cambridge University Press website. You can order a copy online.


ALMAGOR, ERAN. ‘Strabo’s Barbarophonoi (14.2.28 C 661-3): A Note.’ Scripta Classica

Israelica 19 (2000) 133-138.

ALMAGOR, ERAN. ‘Who is a Barbarian? The Barbarians in the Ethnological and Cultural

Taxonomies of Strabo,’ in DLP (2005) 42-55.

BEKKER-NIELSEN, TONNES. ‘Strabo and Ptolemy on the Geography of Western Cyprus.’

Symbolae Osloenses 74 (1999) 151-162.

BIRASCHI, A.M. ‘Strabo and Homer: A Chapter in Cultural History,’ in DLP (2005) 73-85.

BIRASCHI AND SALMERI, eds. (2000) =  BIRASCHI, A.M., and SALMERI, G., eds.

Strabone e l'Asia Minore, Atti del Convegno Perugia, La Colombella, 25-28 maggio 1997, Naples, 2000. Orders may be sent to: Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane (ESI), Via Chiatamone 7 80121, Naples, Italy. For a review, see BMCR 2001.12.15.

BIRLEY, A.R. Anatolica. Studies in Strabo. See Syme (1995).

BRANIGAN, KEITH, ed. Lexicon of the Greek and Roman Cities and Place Names in

Antiquity. Adolf M. Hakkert (1992- ). As of December 2005, the most recently published volume is vol. 6 (2000), covering place names up to ‘Artanada’.

BRAUND, DAVID. ‘Syme’s Strabo.’ Hermathena 160 (1996). Review of Syme (1995).

BRAUND, DAVID. ‘Greek Geography and Roman Empire: The Transformation of Tradition

in Strabo’s Euxine,’ in DLP (2005) 216-234.

BOWERSOCK, GLEN W. ‘La Patria di Strabone’ in Biraschi and Salmeri, eds, (2000) 15-23.

BRODERSEN, KAI. Review of Sbordone, Strabonis Geographica, Vol. 3 (2002) in Classical

Review (2003) 316-318.

CLARKE, KATHERINE. ‘In Search of the Author of Strabo’s Geography.’ Journal of Roman

Studies 87 (1997) 92-110.

CLARKE, KATHERINE (1999a). Between Geography and History: Hellenistic Constructions

of the Roman World. Oxford University Press, 1999. For a review, see BMCR 2000.09.06.

CLARKE, KATHERINE (1999b). ‘Universal Perspectives in Historiography,’ in

C. Shuttleworth Kraus, ed., The Limits of Historiography: Genre and Narrative in Ancient Historical Texts, ed. (Leiden, Boston, Cologne: Brill, 1999 [Mnemosyne Supplement 191]).

CLARKE, KATHERINE (1999c). Review of Syme (1995) in Gnomon 71.5 (1999) 432-437.

DORANDI, T. Review of Radt (2002- ) in Mnemosyne 58 (2005) 138-141.

DRÄGER, P. ‘Ein Mimnermos-Fragment bei Strabon (11/11a W, 10 G/P, 11 A).’

Mnemosyne 49.1 (1996) 30.

DRIJVERS, J.W. ‘Strabo on Parthia and the Parthians,’ in Josef Wiesehöfer, ed., Das

Partherreich und seine Zeugnisse/The Arsacid Empire: Sources and Documentation, Beiträge des Internationalen Colloquiums, Eutin (27.-30. Juni 1996) (Stuttgart, 1998 [Historia Einzelschriften 122]) 279-293.

DRIJVERS, J.W. ‘Strabo 17.1.18 (801C): Inaros, the Milesians and Naucratis.’

Mnemosyne 52.1 (1999) 16-22.


Strabo’s Cultural Geography. The Making of a Kolossourgia. Cambridge University Press, 2005. For details, see Cambridge University Press; to order, go to Cambridge University Press online ordering.

DUECK, DANIELA. ‘The Date and Method of Composition of Strabo’s Geography.’

Hermes 127.4 (1999) 467-478.

DUECK, DANIELA (2000a) = Strabo of Amasia. A Greek Man of Letters in Augustan

Rome. London and New York: Routledge, 2000. For a review, see BMCR 2001.05.11.

DUECK, DANIELA (2000b) = ‘Historical Exempla and their Role in a Geographical

Context’ in Carl Deroux, ed., Studies in Latin Literature and Roman History 10. Brussels: Latomus, 2000 [Collection Latomus 254].

DUECK, DANIELA. ‘The Augustan Concept of ‘An Empire Without Limits’.’

Göttinger Beiträge zur Asienforschung 2-3 (2003) 211-227.

DUECK, DANIELA. ‘Bird’s Milk in Samos: Strabo’s Use of Geographical Proverbs and

Proverbial Expressions.’ Scripta Classica Israelica (2004) 41-56.

DUECK, DANIELA. ‘Strabo’s Use of Poetry,’ in DLP (2005) 86-107.

DUECK, DANIELA. ‘The Parallelogram and the Pinecone,’ Ancient Society 35 (2005) 19-57.

See in particular Dueck’s conclusions concerning the question of whether or not Strabo provided a map with his narrative work.

ENGELS, JOHANNES. ‘Strabon,’ in O. Schütze, ed., Metzler Lexikon antiker Autoren

(Stuttgart, 1997) 670-671.

ENGELS, JOHANNES (1998a). Die Geschichte des Alexanderzuges und das Bild

Alexanders des Grossen in Strabons Geographika - Zur Interpretation der augusteischen Kulturgeographie Strabons als Quelle seiner historischen Auffassungen, in W.Will, ed., Alexander der Grosse. Eine Welteroberung und ihr Hintergrund (Bonn, 1998 [Antiquitas 1]) 131-172.

ENGELS, JOHANNES (1998b) = ‘Die strabonische Kulturgeographie in der Tradition der

antiken geographischen Schriften und ihre Bedeutung für die antike Kartographie.’ Orbis Terrarum 4 (1998) 63-114.

ENGELS, JOHANNES (1999a) = Augusteische Oikumenegeographie und Universalhistorie

im Werk Strabons von Amaseia. Stuttgart: Steiner-Verlag, 1999 [Geographica Historica 12]. For information, and ordering, see the details provided on the Steiner-Verlag website. For a review (in English), see BMCR 2000.02.11.

ENGELS, JOHANNES (1999b) = ‘Raum,’ in Holger Sonnabend, ed., Mensch und

Landschaft in der Antike. Lexikon der Historischen Geographie (Stuttgart, 1999).

ENGELS, JOHANNES. ‘ jvAndre~ ejvndoxoi or ‘men of high reputation’ in Strabo’s

Geography,’ in DLP (2005) 129-143.

GORMAN, ROBERT J. ‘Oi peri tina in Strabo,’ Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik

136 (2001) 201-?213. In this article, Gorman reacts to Radt (1980) and (1988); Radt responds to Gorman’s article in Radt (2002).

GORMAN, ROBERT J. ‘Polybius and the Evidence for Periphrastic  oiJ π??? ????,’

Mnemosyne 56.2 (2003) 129-144.

KOELSCH, WILLIAM A. ‘Squinting Back at Strabo.’ The Geographical Review 94

(2004) 502-518.

LINDSAY, HUGH (1997a) = ‘Strabo on Apellicon’s Library.’ Rheinisches Museum 140.3/4

(1997) 290-298.

LINDSAY, HUGH (1997b) = ‘Syme’s Anatolica and the Date of Strabo’s Geography.’

Klio 79.2 (1997) 484-507.

LINDSAY, HUGH. ‘Amasya and Strabo’s Patria in Pontus,’ in DLP (2005) 180-200.

LITINAS, NIKOS. ‘Strabo 17.2.4, karpos atimos or astomos?’ Mnemosyne 52.4 (1999) 479.

LITINAS, NIKOS. ‘Strabo’s Sources in the Light of a Tale,’ in DLP (2005) 108-117.

McCOSKEY, DENISE E. ‘Gender at the Crossroads of Empire: Locating Women in

Strabo’s Geography,’ in DLP (2005) 56-72.

PANICHI, SILVIA. ‘Cappadocia through Strabo’s Eyes,’ in DLP (2005) 201-215.

POTHECARY, SARAH. ‘Strabo, Polybios, and the Stade.’ Phoenix 49.1 (1995) 49-67.

POTHECARY, SARAH. ‘The Expression “Our Times” in Strabo’s Geography.’

Classical Philology 92.3 (1997) 235-246.

POTHECARY, SARAH. ‘Strabo the Geographer: his Name and its Meaning.’

Mnemosyne 52.6 (1999) 691-704.

POTHECARY, SARAH. ‘Strabo, the Tiberian Author: Past, Present and Silence in Strabo’s

Geography.’ Mnemosyne 55.4 (2002) 387-438.

POTHECARY, SARAH. Review of Radt (2002- ) in Bryn Mawr Classical Review

2003.07.08 (online).

POTHECARY, SARAH (2005a) = ‘Kolossourgia. “A Colossal Statue of a Work”,’ in

DLP (2005) 5-26.

POTHECARY, SARAH (2005b) = ‘The European Provinces: Strabo as Evidence,’ in

DLP (2005) 161-179.

POTTER, DAVID. ‘Strabo and Early Roman Asia Minor.’ Review of Syme (1995).

Journal of Roman Archaeology 11 (1998) 659-664.

PRETZLER, MARIA. ‘Comparing Strabo with Pausanias: Greece in Context vs. Greece

in Depth,’ in DLP (2005) 144-160.

PURCELL, NICHOLAS. ‘Strabo.’ Oxford Classical Dictionary, 3rd edition (1996) 1447.

RADT, S.L. ‘Die neue Groninger Strabonausgabe.’ Orbis Terrarum. Journal of Historical

Geography of the Ancient World 1 (1995) 235-236.

RADT, S.L. ‘Die neue Groninger Strabon-Ausgabe,’ in Eckhard Olshausen and Holger

Sonnabend, eds., Stuttgarter Kolloquium zur historischen Geographie des Altertums 5, 1993: Gebirgsland als Lebensraum (Amsterdam,1996 [Geographica Historiker 8]) 393-395.

RADT, S.L. ‘Strabon.’ Der Neue Pauly 11 (2001).

RADT, S.L. ‘Oi peri tina bei Strabon,’ Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 139

(2002) 46. Radt responds to Gorman (2001).

REHAK, P. Imperium and Cosmos. Augustus and the Northern Campus Martius. Edited by

John G. Younger. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2006.

ROSEMAN, CHRISTINA HORST. Review of Review of Syme (1995) in American

Historical Review 101.5 (1996) 1527-28.

ROSEMAN, CHRISTINA HORST. ‘Reflections of Philosophy: Strabo and Geographical

Sources,’ in DLP (2005) 27-41.

SAFRAI, ZE’EV. ‘Temporal Layers within Strabo’s Description of Coele Syria, Phoenicia

and Judaea,’ in DLP (2005) 250-258.

SHAHAR, YUVAL. ‘Josephus’ Hidden Dialogue with Strabo,’ in DLP (2005) 235-249.

SYME, RONALD. Anatolica. Studies in Strabo. Ed. A.R. Birley. Oxford University Press, 1995.

A collection of essays by Syme, written in the 1940’s but published only posthumously, in 1995. The work should be read in conjunction with the reviews by Van Dam (1995), Braund (1996), Roseman (1996), Lindsay (1997b), Potter (1998) and Clarke (1999c).

TALBERT, RICHARD, ed. Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World. Princeton

University Press, 2000. To order, go to Princeton University Press. Click here for updates.

TRAINA, GIUSTO, ed. Studi sull'età di Marco Antonio [Rudiae. Ricerche sul mondo

classico 18]. Galatina: Congedo Editore, 2006.

TROTTA, FRANCESCO. ‘The Foundation of Greek Colonies and their Main Features in

Strabo: A Portrayal Lacking Homogeneity?’ in DLP (2005) 118-128.

VAN DAM, RAYMOND.  Review of Syme (1995) in Bryn Mawr Classical Review

1995.11.17 (online).

VLIET, E. Ch. L. VAN DER. ‘The Romans and Us: Strabo’s Geography,’ Mnemosyne 56.3

(2003) 257-272.

VREDEVELD, HARRY. ‘Anthologia Latina 873e: Renaissance Latin from Strabo

(Geography 14.5.9).’ Classical Philology 93.4 (1998) 343-344.

WALBANK, FRANK W. ‘The Via Egnatia: Its Role in Roman strategy.’ Journal of Ancient

Topography/Rivista di Topografia Antica 12 (2002) 7-18.