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    (circa 64 BC-circa 24)
    Born in Amaseia (now Amasya), Turkey
    Ancient Greek geographer, historian, and philosopher
    Wrote 'Historical Sketches' (24 BC) and 'Geographica' (7 BC)
    Died working on the second edition of 'Geographica'
    He supported Roman domination even though he came from a family with important connections to Mithridates VI of Pontus, who resisted Roman expansion.
    The only surviving part of 'Historical Sketches' is a piece of papyrus owned by the University of Milan.
    The 'Geographica' wasn't used widely during his time until the Byzantine Empire.
    He rejected the idea of climatic zones.
    He believed that the equatorial zone is an inhospitable place to live in.
    He believed that Homer had more accurate knowledge of history than Herodotus, whom he ignored despite the latter's use of firsthand sources.
    On the other hand, the 'Geographica' survived virtually intact except for part of Book 7.
    Also, it shows the world known to the Romans at that time.
    Despite his pro-Roman stance in politics, he supported Greek culture.
    Like many scholars of his time, he traveled widely, even to lands beyond Roman control.
    In the lands he traveled, he vividly described the physical features, products, history, and inhabitants' character.
    He believed that the world is a sphere at a time when the belief in the flatness of the world was prevalent.

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