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Strabo, Geography 16.2.27


Strabo was a scholar from a prosperous family in north central Asia Minor. He spent much of his career during the reign of Augustus traveling for research to compile an encyclopedic survey of the contemporary world. His work in 17 books chronicles the geographic and ethnographic diversity of the Mediterranean basin and those regions of Europe, the Middle East, and north Africa under Roman rule in the first decades of the principate. His survey moves systematically from West to East, covering in its penultimate book the settlements along the Levantine coast.


Μετὰ δὲ τὴν Ἄκην Στράτωνος πύργος πρόσορμον ἔχων. Μεταξὺ δὲ ὅ τε Κάρμηλος τὸ ὄρος καὶ πολιχνίων ὀνόματα, πλέον δ’ οὐδέν, Συκαμίνων πόλις, Βουκόλων καὶ Κροκοδείλων πόλις καὶ ἄλλα τοιαῦτα· εἶτα δρυμὸς μέγας τις. 1

Textual Note

Ed. Meineke 1877


After Ake is Strato’s Tower, which has a landing for ships. Between the two is Mount Carmel, as well as towns of which remains and nothing more remain—Sykaminopolis, Boukolos and Krokodeilopolis, and others like them. Then comes a large forest. 2

Translation Note

Adapted from Jones 1930

Works Cited

  • 1 Strabo, Strabonis Geographica III, ed. August Meineke, Bibliotheca Scriptorum Graecorum et Romanorum Teubneriana (Leipzig: B. G. Teubner, 1877), p: 1058.13-17, bk: 16.2.27.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record
  • 2 Strabo, Strabo: Geography Books 15-16, trans. Horace Leonard Jones, Loeb Classical Library 241 (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1930), p: 275, bk: 16.2.27.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record

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Joseph L. Rife, “Strabo, Geography 16.2.27,” in Caesarea Maritima: A Collection of Testimonia, entry published June 30, 2023,


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