Serena Bianchetti is full Professor of Greek History at the University of Florence. Her main area of interest is in Hellenistic history, particularly of the IVth century BCE. She has also studied themes of historical-political geography (Plota kai poreuta. Sulle tracce di una Periegesi anonima (Firenze, 1990), Geografia storica del mondo antico (Bologna, 2008)) and scientific geography (Pitea of Massalia, L'oceano, Introduzione, testo, traduzione e commento (Pisa-Roma, 1998)).
Michele R. Cataudella has been Professor of Greek History since 1968. He first taught Greek History and then Ancient Oriental History at the University of Catani and became full professor of Greek History at the University of Florence in 1981 where he taught until 2010. Prevalent themes in his research include: economics and public finance in the ancient world, Mycenaean society and the relations between Greece and the East, ancient historiography and geography, the fourth century CE. He has been editor of SILENO. Rivista di studi classici e cristiani since 1981 and is a member of the Société Nationale des Antiquaires de France since 2001.
Hans-Joachim Gehrke specializes in Ancient History and participates in research and teaching at several universities in Germany, Italy, Switzerland and, especially, in Freiburg. He is a member, inter alia, of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the Academia Europaea and the American Institute of Archaeology. For the past few years, he has been President of the German Archaeological Institute. He is the author of many books, in particular: Jenseits von Athen und Sparta (München, 1986), Geschichte des Hellenismus (München, 1990), Alexander der Grosse (München, 1996), and Demokratie in Athen (Berlin, 2002).
Contributors are: Pascal Arnaud, Germaine Aujac, Serena Bianchetti, Reinhold Bichler, Kai Brodersen, Veronica Bucciantini, Michele R. Cataudella, Gonzalo Cruz Andreotti, Giovanna Daverio, Emilio Galvagno, Hans Johachim Gehrke, Klaus Geus, Pietro Janni, Anne Kolb, Gianfranco Maddoli, Didier Marcotte, Eckart Olshausen, Francesco Prontera, Michael Rathmann, Pierre Schneider, Jan Stenger.
Recommended to those interested in geographical history and the ancient world (Greece and Rome) and specifically with issues concerning scientific geography and cartography.