Ancient Perspectives: Maps and Their Place in Mesopotamia, - download pdf or read online

By Richard J. A. Talbert

Ancient Perspectives features a substantial arc of house and time—Western Asia to North Africa and Europe from the 3rd millennium BCE to the 5th century CE—to discover mapmaking and worldviews within the historical civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. In every one society, maps served as serious financial, political, and private instruments, yet there has been little consistency in how and why they have been made. very like at the present time, maps in antiquity intended very various things to various people.

Ancient Perspectives provides an formidable, clean review of cartography and its makes use of. The seven chapters variety from broad-based analyses of mapping in Mesopotamia and Egypt to a detailed specialize in Ptolemy’s principles for drawing an international map in accordance with the theories of his Greek predecessors at Alexandria. The amazing accuracy of Mesopotamian city-plans is published, as is the production of maps by means of Romans to help the proud declare that their emperor’s rule used to be worldwide in its succeed in. through probing the tools and strategies of either Greek and Roman surveyors, one bankruptcy seeks to discover how their striking making plans of roads, aqueducts, and tunnels used to be achieved.

 

Even notwithstanding none of those civilizations devised the potential to degree time or distance with precision, they nonetheless conceptualized their atmosphere, typical and man-made, close to and much, and felt the urge to checklist them by means of artistic implies that this soaking up quantity reinterprets and compares.

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