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HGSS | Articles | Volume 11, issue 1
Hist. Geo Space. Sci., 11, 31–51, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/hgss-11-31-2020
© Author(s) 2020. This work is distributed under
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Hist. Geo Space. Sci., 11, 31–51, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/hgss-11-31-2020
© Author(s) 2020. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

  01 Apr 2020

01 Apr 2020

The configuration of the Pontus Euxinus in Ptolemy's Geography

Dmitry A. Shcheglov

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Supplement 1: Length of the Pontus coastline according to the Ξ and Ω recensions of Ptolemy’s Geography and a corrected version of the Ξ recension D. A. Shcheglov https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3621293

Supplement 2: Length of the Pontus coastline according to Menippus', Arrian's, and Pseudo-Arrian's distance data D. A. Shcheglov https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3621307

Supplement 3: Modern coordinates of the Pontus coastal points mentioned by Ptolemy D. A. Shcheglov https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3621315

Supplement 4: Comparison of Ptolemy's and Pseudo-Arrian's coastline length data D. A. Shcheglov https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3621317

Supplement 5: Comparison of Ptolemy's and Strabo's coastline length data D. A. Shcheglov https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3621328

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This article argues that the configuration of the Pontus Euxinus (the Black Sea), as described in Ptolemy's Geography, can be satisfactorily explained as a result of fitting contradictory pieces of information together that were inherited from earlier geographers, under the assumption that his sources were similar to those that have come down to us. The method is based on comparison of Ptolemy's data with the other ancient sources, revealing conspicuous similarities and differences between them.
This article argues that the configuration of the Pontus Euxinus (the Black Sea), as described...
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