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1. A. Etymological and conceptual history

The term A. as a name for the continent has got a long and ramified history. The term A. (see 3 below) could only be used by the Romans as a description of the continent of A., when the ‘area’ described by the Latin term A. had come to coincide at least in parts with that described by the Greek term Λιβύη (Libýē) -- but, at the earliest, this happened in the 2nd ha…

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Huß, Werner (Bamberg), Scheid, John (Paris) and Leisten, Thomas (Princeton), “Africa”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 08 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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