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Subversive Geography in Tacitus' Germania

  • Zoë M. Tan

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Geography is a fundamental element of ancient ethnography, yet the account of the environment in Tacitus' Germania is notably sparse. Standard elements of geographic description are absent, or are presented in restricted (and subversive) ways. This paper examines the presentation and structuring of Germanic spaces against a backdrop of contrasting contemporary geographic writings, and considers the implications of Tacitus' rejection of geographic norms.

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Subversive Geography in Tacitus' Germania

  • Zoë M. Tan

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