Talk:Pomponius Mela

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This article strikes me as being unnecessarily critical. Apart from the rather prosaic lede It is laconic in style and deficient in method, but of pure Latinity, and occasionally relieved by pleasing word-pictures, this section seems unreasonably negative: Mela's descriptive method is peculiar and inconvenient. Instead of treating each continent separately he begins at the Straits of Gibraltar, and describes the countries adjoining the south coast of the Mediterranean; then he moves round by Syria and Asia Minor to the Black Sea, and so returns to Spain along the north shore of the Euxine, Propontis, etc. After treating the Mediterranean islands, he next takes the ocean littoral—to west, north, east and south successively—from Spain and Gaul round to India, from India to Persia, Arabia and Ethiopia; and so again works back to Spain round South Africa. Like most classical geographers he conceives of the continent as surrounded by sea and not extending very far south. The Roman Empire began as a Mediteranean power, that developed within a broader Mediteranean culture, with teh northern parts of the Empire being added later. Furthermore, it is my understanding that in the ancient world, trade and cultureal exchange tended to be along the coasts more than penetrating inland. As such, an approach of "these are the Mediteranean countries; and these are the peripheral countries" seems to me to be quite reasonable. Wardog (talk) 14:25, 31 August 2011 (UTC)


Pomponius Mela wrote: Budini inhabit the city of Gelonos. Next to them the Thyssagetae and Turcae occupy endless forests and feed themselves by hunting... Böri (talk) 14:26, 21 February 2012 (UTC)

Turcae = Turks! Pomponius Mela wrote about them in AD 43. So it's important! Böri (talk) 08:27, 23 February 2012 (UTC)