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Roller, Duane W.

Overview
Works: 43 works in 208 publications in 4 languages and 9,356 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Biographies  Sources  Registers (Lists)  Bibliography 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Author of introduction, Creator
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Most widely held works by Duane W Roller
Cleopatra : a biography by Duane W Roller( Book )

25 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 2,794 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Few personalities from classical antiquity are more famous, yet more poorly understood, than Cleopatra VII, queen of Egypt. In the centuries since her death in 30 BC, she has been endlessly portrayed in the arts and popular culture, from Shakespearean tragedy to paintings, opera, and movies. Despite the queen's enduring celebrity, however, many have dismissed her as a mere seductress. In this major new biography, Duane Roller reveals that Cleopatra was in fact a learned and visionary leader whose overarching goal was always the preservation of her dynasty and kingdom. Roller's authoritative account is the first to be based solely on primary materials from the Greco-Roman period: literary sources, Egyptian documents (Cleopatra's own writings), and representations in art and coinage produced while she was alive. His compelling portrait of the queen illuminates her prowess as a royal administrator who managed a large and diverse kingdom extending from Asia Minor to the interior of Egypt, as a naval commander who led her own fleet in battle, and as a scholar and supporter of the arts. Even her love affairs with Julius Caesar and Marcus Antonius, the source of her reputation as a supreme seductress who drove men to their doom, were carefully crafted state policies: she chose these partners to insure the procreation of successors who would be worthy of her distinguished dynasty. That Cleopatra ultimately lost to her Roman opponents, Roller contends, in no way diminishes her abilities. This definitive portrait restores the Egyptian queen to her rightful historical status as a potent force in the ancient world, one whose policies and influence long survived her and played a determining role in the future course of the Roman empire.--From the publisher
The building program of Herod the Great by Duane W Roller( )

12 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 2,203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eratosthenes' Geography by Eratosthenes( )

14 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the first modern edition and first English translation of one of the earliest and most important works in the history of geography, the third-century Geographika of Eratosthenes. In this work, which for the first time described the geography of the entire inhabited world as it was then known, Eratosthenes of Kyrene (ca. 285-205 BC) invented the discipline of geography as we understand it. A polymath who served as librarian at Alexandria and tutor to the future King Ptolemy IV, Eratosthenes created the terminology of geography, probably including the word geographia itself. Building on his previous work, in which he determined the size and shape of the earth, Eratosthenes in the Geographika created a grid of parallels and meridians that linked together every place in the world: for the first time one could figure out the relationship and distance between remote localities, such as northwest Africa and the Caspian Sea. The Geographika also identified some four hundred places, more than ever before, from Thoule (probably Iceland) to Taprobane (Sri Lanka), and from well down the coast of Africa to Central Asia. This is the first collation of the more than 150 fragments of the Geographika in more than a century. Each fragment is accompanied by an English translation, a summary, and commentary. Duane W. Roller provides a rich background, including a history of the text and its reception, a biography of Eratosthenes, and a comprehensive account of ancient Greek geographical thought and of Eratosthenes' pioneering contribution to it. This edition also includes maps that show all of the known places named in the Geographika, appendixes, a bibliography, and indexes
The world of Juba II and Kleopatra Selene : royal scholarship on Rome's African frontier by Duane W Roller( )

23 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and held by 1,195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The World of Juba II and Kleopatra Selene explores the complex culture and legacy of the kingdom, with emphasis on Juba's scholarship and the world created by these two remarkable monarchs. This detailed and comprehensive study is not only the first examination in English of Juba's life and career, but the first critical analysis of the king both as an implementer of the Augustan political, artistic and intellectual programme and as a notable scholar."--Jacket
Ancient geography : the discovery of the world in classical Greece and Rome by Duane W Roller( )

17 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 448 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The last dedicated book on ancient geography was published more than sixty years ago. Since then new texts have appeared (such as the Artemidoros palimpsest), and new editions of existing texts (by geographical authorities who include Agatharchides, Eratosthenes, Pseudo-Skylax and Strabo) have been produced. There has been much archaeological research, especially at the perimeters of the Greek world, and a more accurate understanding of ancient geography and geographers has emerged. The topic is therefore overdue a fresh and sustained treatment. In offering precisely that, Duane Roller explores important topics like knowledge of the world in the Bronze Age and Archaic periods; Greek expansion into the Black Sea and the West; the Pythagorean concept of the earth as a globe; the invention of geography as a discipline by Eratosthenes; Polybios the explorer; Strabo?s famous Geographica; the travels of Alexander the Great; Roman geography; Ptolemy and late antiquity; and the cultural reawakening of antique geographical knowledge in the Renaissance, including Columbus? use of ancient sources --Amazon
Through the pillars of Herakles : Greco-Roman exploration of the Atlantic by Duane W Roller( Book )

19 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 306 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Although the Greco-Roman world was centered on the Mediterranean ... from c700 BC into the Roman period a series of explorers were to discover the entire Atlantic coast, north to Ireland, Scandinavia and the Baltic, and south into the African tropics."--Jacket
The geography of Strabo by Strabo( Book )

5 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Geography of Strabo is the only surviving work of its type in Greek literature, and the major source for the history of Greek scholarship on geography and the formative processes of the earth. In addition, this lengthy and complex work contains a vast amount of information on other topics, including the journey of Alexander the Great, cultic history, the history of the eastern Mediterranean in the first century BC, and women's history. Modern knowledge of seminal geographical authors such as Eratosthenes and Hipparchos relies almost totally on Strabo's use of them. This is the first complete English translation in nearly a century, and the first to make use of recent scholarship on the Greek text itself and on the history of geography. The translation is supplemented by a detailed discussion of Strabo's life and his purpose in writing the Geography, as well as the sources that he used."
Cleopatra's daughter : and other royal women of the Augustan era by Duane W Roller( Book )

9 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and Dutch and held by 257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is the first study of the royal women who ruled in the Mediterranean in the latter first century BC, in a symbiotic relationship with the Roman government. Several are discussed, with the most prominent Cleopatra Selene (the daughter of the famous Cleopatra VII of Egypt) and Salome, the sister of Herod the Great"--
A historical and topographical guide to the geography of Strabo by Duane W Roller( Book )

13 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The story that the Argonauts returned home by means of the Istros (Danube) and the Adriatic (see 1.2.10) meant that there were also relics in those areas, some of which were mentioned by Kallimachos. He placed the Argonauts in the Aegean (Anaphe, an island east of Thera where they landed [Apollonios 4.1717]), Thessaly (called Haimonia), and on the Istrian (Histrian) peninsula, where the pursuing Kolchians founded Pola (modern Pula in Croatia). Such a return for the Argo is based on the idea that the Istros split into two branches, one to the Black Sea and the other to the Adriatic, a geographical improbability first mentioned in the fourth century BC (Pseudo-Skylax 20; Aristotle, Research on Animals 7[8].13). The idea may have come through erroneous understanding of the complex river systems of the region, the fact that tributaries of the Danube are within 20 km. of the Adriatic in Croatia, and the similarity of the names Istros (the river) and Histria (the peninsula)"
Early travellers in Eastern Boiotia by Duane W Roller( Book )

7 editions published in 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tanagran studies by Duane W Roller( Book )

2 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tanagran studies by Duane W Roller( Book )

11 editions published in 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tanagran studies by Duane W Roller( Book )

11 editions published in 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sources and documents on Tanagra in Boiotia by Duane W Roller( Book )

2 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The prosopography of Tanagra in Boiotia by Duane W Roller( Book )

2 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An archaeological survey in the heel of Italy : the work of the Southern Messapia survey, 1989-1997 by Duane W Roller( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tanagran studies by Duane W Roller( Book )

3 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scholarly kings : the writings of Juba II of Mauretania, Archelaos of Kappadokia, Herod the Great, and the Emperor Claudius by Duane W Roller( Book )

3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cleopatra by Duane W Roller( )

in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eratosthenes' Geography by Duane W Roller( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Cleopatra : a biography
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The building program of Herod the GreatEratosthenes' GeographyThe world of Juba II and Kleopatra Selene : royal scholarship on Rome's African frontierThrough the pillars of Herakles : Greco-Roman exploration of the AtlanticEarly travellers in Eastern BoiotiaTanagran studiesTanagran studiesTanagran studiesEratosthenes' Geography
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Duane Roller

Roller, Duane

Roller, Duane 1946-

롤러, 두에인 W. 1946-

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