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Literary Territories: Cartographical Thinking in Late Antiquity

Scott Fitzgerald Johnson


This book introduces readers to a wide range of literature from 200 to 900 ce, in which geography is a defining principle of literary art. From accounts of Holy Land pilgrimage, to Roman mapmaking, to the systematization of Ptolemy’s scientific works, this book argues that forms of literature that were conceived and produced in very different environments and for different purposes in Late Antiquity nevertheless shared an aesthetic sensibility which treated the classical “inhabited world,” the oikoumenē, as a literary metaphor for the collection and organization of knowledge. This type of “car ... More

Keywords: Late Antiquity, early Christianity, classics, literature, religion, pilgrimage, geography, cartography, maps, travel

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190221232
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190221232.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Scott Fitzgerald Johnson, author