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“WHEN I WAS YOUNG AND HE WAS OLD”: THE SIGNIFICANCE OF OVERLAP IN STRABO'S GEOGRAPHY

S. Pothecary
Phoenix
Vol. 65, No. 1/2 (Spring-Summer/printemps-été 2011), pp. 39-52
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7834/phoenix.65.1-2.0039
Page Count: 14

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Topics: Age, Geography, Sons, Narratives, Older adults, Longevity, Aristocracy, Idioms, Governors, Ceres
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“WHEN I WAS YOUNG AND HE WAS OLD”: THE SIGNIFICANCE OF OVERLAP IN STRABO'S GEOGRAPHY
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Abstract

Strabo mentions a host of eminent individuals in the course of his geographical narrative, but specifies personal interaction with only a few of them. Three of the individuals with whom Strabo records a personal overlap were very old. Their longevity, Strabo's youth at the time of the overlaps and his advanced age at the time of writing, all combine to add a chronological dimension to his narrative. In recording these overlaps, Strabo personalises the passage of time and humanises history. These considerations may well override any intent to impart autobiographical data for its own sake.

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