A History of Ancient Geography Among the Greeks and Romans, by E. H. Bunbury

By E. H. Bunbury

A background of old Geography one of the Greeks and Romans, From the Earliest a while until eventually the autumn of the Roman Empire - Vol. II by way of E. H. Bunbury.
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Following him in lbe high latitudes, whieh ht! auiped to the northern paria of Britain, there ean be little doaW lbal he accepted bis •'4tement wi&h regard lo Thule. Had ii been otherwise Strabo could hardly have failed to mention the conftnnation of hia own doubts by 80 high an authority. • Strabo, ii. pp. 78, 81. ' Id. pp. 71-75. ACCOl'diog to Slrabo'e \ 12 HISTORY OF ANCIENT GEOGRAPHY. So far 88 we can discern from the account CiuP. rabo (which is by no means clear) this astounding error arose prin­ cipally from his having adopted the erroneous and greatly exaggerated estimates of the dimensions of Indi&, given by some earlier writers, especially Daimachus.

Nia and Persia, and the Persian Gulf, far above their true posit ion in latitude, and thus distorted his whole map of Asia. 3 Hipparchus indeed was justified in demanding the most perfect accuracy of which the subject would admit, and his theoretical concep· tion of what geography ought to be was in advance of all his predecessors: but he overlooked the imperfect nature of the means at his command, which gave him in reali ty very little power of rectifying their conclusions. ypcrrt11) : thoee 11&111ely berore the time of Eratoethenea.

11000rdiog to hie oonoeption, the dizeot distance from the angle near Narbo to the point where a meridian line drawn from thenoe would inter­ eeot the parallel from the Straitl of Gadee to the Sicilian Strait, did not exceed 2000 atldia, while there re­ mained 1000 more to the C001t of Afrim. ). But in point of fact the African oout, at the point oppomite to the inmost bight of the Gult of Narbo (whioh ia near Montpellier), Ilea more than 50 G. milea (500 1tadla) to Ula north ot the parallel of Sb"', which puaea thruugh the Straitl of Gibraltar.

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