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Protagoras (2044)

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Author(s): Dueck, Daniela
This entry was written by Daniela Dueck and published on 1 July 2011 About This Historian Historian: Protagoras Jacoby number: 2044 Attested works: γεωμετρία τῆς οἰκουμένης / Geometry of the Inhabited World γεωγραφία / Geography Historian's date: 2nd-3rd century AD Historical focus: V. Geography | A. Descriptive Geography Place of origin: unknown Commentary Protagoras was a geographer active probably in the second or third century CE, certainly after Claudius Ptolemy. He followed Ptolemy’s approach to geography and was one of the main sources of Markianos of Herakleia (see FGrHist 2027). Protagoras composed a geographical work titled Geometry of the Inhabited World (or Geography) consisting of six books. In it he supplied mainly measurements in stades of various parts of Asia, Africa and Europe. The sixth book was devoted to paradoxes and strange stories. All four fragments presented here are taken from Markianos who refers to both Ptolemy and Protagoras as his sources …
Date: 2017-10-19