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Strabo

Strabo is a Greek geographer and historian who lived between 63 BC - 24 AD. He was born in Amaseia (Amasya) city of Pontus region, part of Black Sea region of Turkey today. He came from a noble family and had a good education; he studied geography and philosophy in a Carian city of Nyssa and then in Rome. He traveled a lot during his life, especially to Egypt and the Nile area.

Strabo wrote his famous "Geographica" (Geography) book which is collected in a set of 17 volumes. In these books he mentioned the history of all the people and regions of the world of that time. Today, all of these volumes are saved, except some parts of volume 7. The volumes 11-14 describe Asia Minor especially. Strabo admits that he in a way was influenced by Homer, he especially admires his great knowledge of history regarding the Greek world.

Strabo also wrote a "History" book collected in 47 volumes, but nothing much survived until our days except a couple of papyrus pages.

After his death around 24 AD, Roman geographers and historians (such as Pliny for example) ignored him and his works. But after 5th century, Byzantine writers and historians gave him the credit again. Today, Strabo is considered as "the Geographer".

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