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An analysus of the 'closed harbours' in Strabo's Geography: background, nature and meaning of the expression.



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Mauro, Chiara Maria (2022) An analysus of the 'closed harbours' in Strabo's Geography: background, nature and meaning of the expression. The Annual of the British School at Athens . pp. 1-25. ISSN 0068-2454

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1017/S006824542200003X


The expression λιμὴν κλειστός appears 29 times in ancient Greek literary sources; however, it has prompted four different interpretations and three possible English translations. As a contribution to the ongoing discussion of the expression’s meaning, this paper analyses its appearances in Strabo’s Geography; this work, with its nine references, is, in fact, the source in which it appears second most often. In particular, focus will be placed upon two issues: the extent to which the expression is employed consistently in the Geography and its possible origin; and what meaning(s) – if any – can be assigned to it. To gain further insight into the expression’s meaning(s), the aforementioned cases of ‘closed harbours’ will be compared with the available archaeological and geomorphological evidence.

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Uncontrolled Keywords:closed harbours, Geography, Strabo, Estrabón
Subjects:Humanities > Geography > Physical geography
Humanities > History > Ancient history
ID Code:72551
Deposited On:26 May 2022 11:56
Last Modified:26 May 2022 12:09

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