A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography was the first truly comprehensive and accurate guide to the geography of the ancient world. Written by a team of leading scholars of the day, under the editorship of William Smith, the dictionary provides detailed coverage of all the important countries, regions, towns, cities, geographical features, etc., that occur in Greek and Roman literature, including the sacred scriptures. The work is both historical and geographical and an account is given of the political histories of countries and cities and an attempt is made to trace the histories of the major buildings. The illustrations include plans of cities, districts, battles, representations of public buildings and other ancient works, and coins of the more important places. With a wealth of information for the classical scholar and enthusiast, this reissue of A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography makes available once more a rich source of information not easily available to the modern scholar.
Sir William Smith (1813-1893), DCL, LLD, was an English lexicographer and classical scholar. From 1853-1869 he was classical examiner to the University of London, where he became a member of the Senate. Christopher Stray is Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Classics and Ancient History, University of Wales, Swansea.