author of the only ancient treatise on geography in classical Latin, De situ orbis ("A Description of the World"), also known as De chorographia ("Concerning Chorography"). Written about AD 43 or 44, it remained influential until the beginning of the age of exploration, 13 centuries later. Though probably intended for the general reader, Mela's geography was cited by Pliny the Elder in his encyclopaedia of natural science as an important authority.
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