New PDF release: Ancient Perspectives: Maps and Their Place in Mesopotamia,

By Richard J. A. Talbert

Ancient Perspectives includes a massive 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 historical civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. In every one society, maps served as serious fiscal, political, and private instruments, yet there has been little consistency in how and why they have been made. very similar to at the present time, maps in antiquity intended very various things to diversified people.

Ancient Perspectives provides 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 concentrate on Ptolemy’s principles for drawing a global map in accordance with the theories of his Greek predecessors at Alexandria. The notable accuracy of Mesopotamian city-plans is published, as is the production of maps by way of Romans to aid the proud declare that their emperor’s rule used to be international in its achieve. by way of 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 was once achieved.


Even although none of those civilizations devised the skill 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 signifies that this soaking up quantity reinterprets and compares.

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