The Greek and Latin historians do not speak favourably of it, and Strabo says it is very dangerous during the Etesian winds and in the rainy season.
Strabo saw it navigated: but its decline from the point of departure, near Bubastes, to the Red Sea was so slight that it was only navigable for a few months in the year.
Stephen of Byzantium mentions eight, and Strabo thirteeen, (engulphed) - but the last is out of all reason.
It is said, (Tacitus, Strabo, Josephus, Daniel of St.
It was famous in remote times for its copper mines, which, however, were worked out when Strabo
(23)Does the reference to the sea shore imply that Hipponax has in mind a fate similar to that of the Leucadian scapegoat, who was thrown into the sea (Strabo
What is clear is that, despite the fact that the southeastern Dead Sea plain is off the beaten track, it had been noted by ancient authors such as Diodorus, Strabo
, Josephus, and Tacitus and visited sporadically by Western explorers from the Middle Ages to the present.
To all these accusations, as Pincelli keenly observes in her valuable Commentary, Filetico responded by appealing to ratio and auctoritas, and going back to Greek sources (Strabo
, in the mentioned case of Lavinium, Lanuvium and Lanivium; Aristarchus in the case of Iliad 24, 29-30, and so on), as he was an enthusiastic scholar and fervid promoter of Greek studies (while most of his opponents in Rome ignored that language).
But above all he is concerned with the well loved passages about Britain by Caesar in his Gallic Wars, the Greek geographer Strabo
, the historian Tacitus in his biography of his father-in-law Agricola.
Misprints are few and trivial, for example, "Stbo" for "Strabo
From this summary it is clear that both Diodorus and Strabo
derived their accounts of the region from Agatharchides' fifth book.
But he signaled the limits of his critique by adding "especially since the author I am expounding was never accustomed to lie."  Nonetheless, he quoted the entire passage about the Amazons from Herodotus and diligently compared it with statements by Diodorus Siculus, Pompeius Trogus, Greek scholiasts on Homer, Strabo
, Plutarch, and more, in an endeavor to locate the Amazons both chronologically and geographically.