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By Richard J. A. Talbert

Ancient Perspectives features a significant 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 historic civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. In every one society, maps served as severe fiscal, political, and private instruments, yet there has been little consistency in how and why they have been made. very similar to this present day, maps in antiquity intended very various things to assorted people.

Ancient Perspectives offers an bold, clean assessment of cartography and its makes use of. The seven chapters diversity from broad-based analyses of mapping in Mesopotamia and Egypt to an in depth specialize in Ptolemy’s principles for drawing a global map in keeping with the theories of his Greek predecessors at Alexandria. The striking accuracy of Mesopotamian city-plans is published, as is the construction of maps via Romans to aid the proud declare that their emperor’s rule used to be worldwide in its succeed in. by means of probing the tools and methods 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 although 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 list them through creative implies that this soaking up quantity reinterprets and compares.

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