Stadiasmus Maris Magni

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The Stadiasmus Maris Magni is an ancient Roman periplus or guidebook detailing the ports sailors encounter on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.[1] The stadiasmus provides distances, sailing directions and descriptions of specific ports.[2] It was written in Ancient Greek and survives in fragments. The work was written by an anonymous author and is dated to the second half of the third century AD.[3] The most complete Greek text together with a Latin translation was published in 1855 by Karl Müller as part of his work Geographi Graeci Minores.[4]


  1. ^ Edward Lipiński, Itineraria Phoenicia (Peeters Publishers, 2004) p 274.
  2. ^ Edward Lipiński, Itineraria Phoenicia (Peeters Publishers, 2004) p374.
  3. ^ Bunson 2002, p. 420.
  4. ^ Karl Müller,Anonymi Stadiasmus maris magni Geographi Graeci minores . 2 1828(Firmin-Didot, 1882) .


Bunson, Matthew (2002). Encyclopedia of the Roman Empire. New York City: Facts on File, Inc. ISBN 978-1-4381-1027-1.

Further reading[edit]

Arnaud, Pascal (2014). "Ancient Mariners between Experience and Common Sense Geography". In Geus, Klau; Thiering, Martin. Features of Common Sense Geography: Implicit Knowledge Structures in Ancient Geographical Texts (Google eBook). Antike Kultur und Geschichte. 16. Münster: LIT Verlag. ISBN 978-3-643-90528-4.
Müller, Karl, ed. (2010). "Anonymi Stadiasmus Maris Magni". Geographi Graeci Minores. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. pp. 427–514. doi:10.1017/CBO9780511711176.014. ISBN 978-1-108-01636-0.

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