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Pseudo-Skylax on Attica

By D. Graham J. Shipley

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This is the final publisher edited version of the paper published as Shipley, G. ‘Pseudo-Skylax on Attica’ in Sekunda, N. (ed.) Ergasteria: Works Presented to John Ellis Jones on His 80th Birthday, (© Project/Institute of Archaeology, Gdansk University, Poland, 2010) pp. 100-114.Among the Greek geographical writings preserved in a thirteenth-century manuscript, now in Paris, is the earliest extant copy of an intriguing periplous or ‘circumnavigation’.\ud An introductory note, probably composed in the sixth century AD, attributes it to Skylax of Karyanda, ostensibly the Karian who according to Herodotos (4. 44) explored the Indian Ocean for king Darius around 500 BC. The attribution to Skylax must be false, however, for the actual text makes many statements that were not true until well after that time. Therefore the unknown, presumably male, author and his work are usually called ‘Pseudo-Skylax’ (abbreviated to Ps.-Skylax)

Publisher: Project/Institute of Archaeology, Gdansk University, Poland
Year: 2010
OAI identifier: oai:lra.le.ac.uk:2381/7677

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