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Matt Rosenberg

The Father of Geography

By June 18, 2004

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The ancient Greek scholar and librarian (in fact, the Head Librarian of the Great Library of Alexandria) Eratosthenes is called the "father of geography" for defining the word "geography" and for determining the circumference of the earth. Learn more about the man who made up the word that allows us to study this exciting topic today. Word!


November 18, 2009 at 2:31 am
(1) haye says:

i am greatly feel happy to see that eratosthenis is the father of geography.

January 14, 2010 at 3:27 am
(2) pamma says:

why isn’t hecataeus of miletus considered the ‘father of geography’ ? he wrote ges periodus, which pretty much was the first attempt at a detailed description of the then known world to the greek.

February 28, 2010 at 11:44 am
(3) karn kunal says:

in some books hecatius is said to be the father of geography

March 25, 2010 at 2:40 am
(4) majid mahesar says:

eratosthenis is the father of geography.
hecatius also father of modern geography

May 18, 2010 at 2:11 am
(5) GeoCrazy says:

As most of the work form Hecataeus are not available he is not considered as the father of geography

July 15, 2010 at 4:33 pm
(6) radha says:

my yonger brother told me that the hecataeus was thefather of geography andtold this wrong the father of geography was eratosthnis who is write

March 11, 2011 at 7:11 am
(7) Azaz Ahamed says:

I agree that Eratosthenis is the father of geography.

July 16, 2011 at 5:44 pm
(8) Shina oyedele says:

Indeed! It is erathostene

September 28, 2011 at 1:25 am
(9) jade says:

I think it’s great

January 28, 2012 at 4:31 am
(10) jayanta geography says:

I think that Hecataeus is father of geography,,but eratosthenis is a man who at first use the word ”

February 18, 2012 at 11:18 pm
(11) MD IMANUR ISLAM says:


June 22, 2012 at 12:01 pm
(12) Steve Chambers says:

Hecataeus is called as Father of Geography not Eratosthenes

July 1, 2012 at 12:07 am
(13) ringu ngupok says:

Hecataeus is considered as real “father of geography”. He already started study the concepts and about geographical aspects before the eratosthenes. It is not necessary the term rather it is the creation of real ground to called it a particular subject.

July 14, 2012 at 1:52 pm
(14) Mahendra Jajra says:

But i read in some books the father of geography is “Hecataeus”. Please solve the problem.

August 14, 2012 at 11:51 pm
(15) Durgesh says:

What about Carl Ritter??????

August 31, 2012 at 10:39 am
(16) hilly says:

some books say Homer is the father of Geography.

October 12, 2012 at 3:25 am
(17) prince chuckee says:

i think herodotus is the father of history and geography

November 27, 2012 at 11:12 am
(18) Saravanan Chennai says:

In Greek people told ERATOSTHENIS considered father of “Geodesy”

December 20, 2012 at 11:30 am
(19) akhia says:

Hacateaus is considered as the father of geography.

December 20, 2012 at 11:31 am
(20) akhia says:


March 2, 2013 at 9:54 am
(21) Tufan Hossain says:

I need to know when Erastosthenes and Hecataeus gave their opinion about geography.

March 19, 2013 at 3:12 am
(22) vicky buddy says:

hecatius is not a father of geography he wrote a book JAS PERIODS in which geographical elements is define
But the first time the term GEOGRAPHY is used by ERASTOSTHENES

April 28, 2013 at 2:28 pm
(23) zakir hussain says:

who is the father of geography eratosthene or Hecataus

April 29, 2013 at 11:10 am
(24) harpriya sahoo says:

Who is the father of geography?
Eratosthenes or hecetaeus.
Plz solve this mystry

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