Book ID: CBB055552280

Roman Geographies of the Nile: From the Late Republic to the Early Empire (2017)


Merrills, Andy (Author)

Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 2017
Physical Details: 354 pp.
Language: English

The River Nile fascinated the Romans and appeared in maps, written descriptions, texts, poems and paintings of the developing empire. Tantalised by the unique status of the river, explorers were sent to find the sources of the Nile, while natural philosophers meditated on its deeper metaphysical significance. Andy Merrills' book, Roman Geographies of the Nile, examines the very different images of the river that emerged from these descriptions - from anthropomorphic figures, brought repeatedly into Rome in military triumphs, through the frequently whimsical landscape vignettes from the houses of Pompeii, to the limitless river that spilled through the pages of Lucan's Civil War, and symbolised a conflict - and an empire - without end. Considering cultural and political contexts alongside the other Niles that flowed through the Roman world in this period, this book provides a wholly original interpretation of the deeper significance of geographical knowledge during the later Roman Republic and early Principate.

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Review Robert Mayhew (2019) Review of "Roman Geographies of the Nile: From the Late Republic to the Early Empire". Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 389-390). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Baumgärtner, Ingrid
Schleck, Julia
Burnett, Amy
Coope, Jessica
Jones, Jeannette
Seaver, Kirsten A.
Imago Mundi: A Review of Early Cartography
Journal of Global History
Journal of Early Modern History
Journal for the History of Astronomy
American Journal of Philology
Stanford University Press
Scarecrow Press
University of Virginia Press
Travel; exploration
Maps; atlases
Travel literature
Science and culture
Roger of Howden
Waldseemüller, Martin
Gilbert, Humphrey, Sir
Thévenot, Melchissédech
Caesar, Gaius Julius
Time Periods
18th century
16th century
17th century
19th century
Early modern
North America
United States
Roman Empire

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