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date: 23 September 2021

bematistslocked

bematistslocked

  • Albert Brian Bosworth

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Bematists, the surveyors of *Alexander (3) the Great. Of known bematists Philonides of Crete was a celebrated distance runner, and others (notably Baeton and Diognetus) had literary aspirations. Their measurements of key distances in the empire comprised an archive, later controlled by *Seleucus (1) I. Individual bematists published their observations in monographs termed Stathmoi (‘Stages’), which combined precise calculations of distance with more exotic reports of the flora, fauna, and customs of the empire.

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  • Ancient Geography

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