Common Sense Geography and Ancient Geographical Texts

Anca Dan, Wolfgang Crom, Klaus Geus, Günther Görz, Kurt Guckelsberger, Viola König, Thomas Poiss, Martin Thiering


This paper places the concept of ‘common sense geography’ as developed by the members of Topoi research group C-5 within the context of ancient geographical literature. For the first time, a consistent model of arranging and classifying Greek and Roman geographical texts from a historical perspective is presented.


Common sense geography; ancient geographical texts; mental modelling; mental maps; ancient geography; Aristophanes; Eratosthenes; Strabo; Ptolemy

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eTopoi. Journal for Ancient Studies (ISSN 2192-2608)