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The most easily available translation of Strabo’s Geography is by H.L. Jones (1917-32). It is part of the Loeb Classical Library series, published by Harvard University Press, and is often referred to simply as the ‘Loeb edition.’ As is the case with all books in the Loeb series, the Greek text is printed on the left-hand page, with the English translation on the right-hand page.

  • The H.L. Jones translation is available in most university libraries. If you are searching in the library catalogue, try entering ‘Jones, H.L.’ as the author, rather than ‘Strabo.’
     
  • The H.L. Jones translation is available for purchase online through, for example, Amazon.com. To get the best results with Amazon, enter ‘Strabo’ in your search, and ignore entries for ‘Wahlafrid Strabo.’ (Wahlafrid Strabo is a different individual, although the two are sometimes confused in catalogue entries!)
  • The H.L. Jones translation is printed in eight separate volumes, while the narrative of the Geography is divided into seventeen ‘books.’ Make sure that you get the appropriate volume of the Loeb edition. For example, ‘book seven’ of the Geography is found in volume three of the Loeb edition.

Do you want to access an online translation of Strabo’s Geography?

  • You can access an online translation FREE OF CHARGE through the Perseus website maintained by Tufts University, Massachusetts. Click here for H.L. Jones’ translation online. Note that only books six to fourteen have been made available through Perseus.
  • You can access online through Perseus, again free of charge, an older translation, originally published 1903-06. The advantage of this translation is that all seventeen books are online: the disadvantage is that the language is much more old-fashioned.
  • An alternative way to access the H.L. Jones’ translation, still FREE OF CHARGE, is through the LacusCurtius website maintained by Bill Thayer. Click here for Bill Thayer’s online version of H.L. Jones’ translation. Note that books one to five, and fifteen to seventeen (i.e., the ones not online through Perseus) were initially made available; books six to fourteen are in the process of being added.

Have you been given a reference to Strabo’s Geography?

  • You may have been given a reference such as 4.6.9, which means book four, chapter six, and section nine. The relevant numbers are printed at the head of each page of the printed version of H.L. Jones’ translation. To locate the passage referred to, flick through book four (which is in volume two) until you see 4.6.8-9 printed at the head of the page. If you look down the page, you will see the number 9 inset from the left hand margin at the beginning of a new paragraph: this marks the beginning of 4.6.9.
  • It is easy to look up ‘4.6.9’-type references in online translations. Simply click on the appropriate reference number.
  • You may have been given a reference such as 207 C, or C 207. This is a reference by page number to one of the earliest printed editions of the Geography. (The specific edition to which the page numbers refer was printed in the year 1620 and edited by Isaac Casaubon -- hence ‘C.’) The beginning of each C page is marked in the print version of H.L. Jones’ translation, and can be seen in the margin to the left-hand side of the Greek text. You will see that C 207 is marked sixteen lines from the beginning of 4.6.9.
  • You cannot look up ‘207 C’-type references in online translations.
  • You may have been given a ‘207 C’-type reference that includes a specific line number, for example 207 C, 4. To look up such a reference, you need the new edition of Strabo’s Geography by S.L. Radt, which has the line numbers marked in the left-hand margin.

Do you want to access the Greek text of Strabo’s Geography?

         You can access the Greek text FREE OF CHARGE through the Perseus website. Click here for the online version of the Greek text. As in the case of the online translation, only books six to fourteen are available.

         You can access the Greek text in its entirety (books one to seventeen) through the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae website maintained by the University of Southern California, Irvine. Access is LIMITED TO SUBSCRIBERS. If you are at a subscribing institution, click here.

         You can access the Greek text the old-fashioned way, by using one of the print editions listed in Editions of Strabo’s Geography on this website. The recent edition by S.L. Radt is far more up-to-date than the nineteenth century edition used both by Perseus and TLG.

 

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