Richard J. A. Talbert's Ancient Perspectives: Maps and Their Place in Mesopotamia, PDF

By Richard J. A. Talbert

Ancient Perspectives contains a substantial arc of area 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 old civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. In every one society, maps served as severe financial, political, and private instruments, yet there has been little consistency in how and why they have been made. very similar to this day, maps in antiquity intended very various things to diverse people.

Ancient Perspectives offers an bold, clean evaluation of cartography and its makes use of. The seven chapters variety from broad-based analyses of mapping in Mesopotamia and Egypt to an in depth specialize in Ptolemy’s rules for drawing an international map according to the theories of his Greek predecessors at Alexandria. The extraordinary 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 international in its succeed in. through probing the tools and strategies of either Greek and Roman surveyors, one bankruptcy seeks to discover how their remarkable making plans of roads, aqueducts, and tunnels was once achieved.

 

Even although none of those civilizations devised the capacity to degree time or distance with precision, they nonetheless conceptualized their atmosphere, common 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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