History, Geography, and the Notion of Mare Nostrum in the Early Medieval West

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During the fifth and sixth century there has been a resurgence of interest in geography among historians, and consequently numerous geographical digressions were incorporated into a plethora of historical narratives. This paper shall argue that this phenomenon, which in the past was perceived as a challenge to the Romano-centric historiographical worldview, was largely part of an attempt to integrate current events into a Romano-centric historiography. In order to prove this point, Hen focuses on the extremely important (but largely overlooked) Expositio totius mundi et gentium, which stood at the heart of many late antique and early medieval geographical digressions.
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationThe Merovingian Kingdoms and the Mediterranean World
Subtitle of host publicationRevisiting the sources
EditorsStefan Esders, Yitzhak Hen, Pia Lucas, Tamar Rotman
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherBloomsbury Academic, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
ISBN (Electronic)9781350048416
StatePublished - 2019


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