On the first page of Lingua Latina per se Illustrata, students review a map of the Roman Empire, which is marked with the names of three continents and several smaller regions. The borders of the continents, however, are not shown, leading to some ambiguity regarding the actual extent of each one.
Nowadays the borders between Asia and Europe/Africa are well defined. As we might expect, Orberg in his text indicates that Greece is in Europe, Syria and Arabia in Asia, and Egypt in Africa. But is that actually how authors of Classical Latin understood the geography of Asia? More specifically:
- Is Orberg correct that Arabia and Syria were considered part of Asia?
- Did Asia also include modern-day Turkey?
- Were any parts of Greece considered to be in Asia, like Crete, Rhodes, or Lesbos?
- Was any part of modern-day Egypt part of Asia?
- Was there disagreement on these points?
I'm aware from L&S that the word Asia can have different senses; here I'm interested in how its broad sense, as a continent, was understood.