A History of Ancient Geography

A History of Ancient Geography

A History of Ancient Geography

A History of Ancient Geography

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The subject which is treated of in the present volume has been already dealt with on a scale adapted to the needs of advanced scholars by the late Sir E. H. Bunbury in his History of Ancient Geography--a book equally conspicuous for learning and for judgement, and one which, it may safely be affirmed, will not readily be superseded. But the size of that comprehensive work--unfits it for the use of ordinary students, and its elaborate detail and numerous digressions, though none of these are superfluous, tend to withdraw the mind of the reader from the process of development of the story which it tells. For these reasons it has been thought that a shorter and simpler book on the same topic may be of service by bringing out to view the more salient points which it involves, and by rendering clearer the continuous progress of the science from its early dawn in the Homeric period to its fullest extension in the Augustan age. It is hoped that in this way the interest of other than classical readers may be enlisted in the subject--an interest which it deserves on account of the variety of the questions with . . .

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