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By Richard J. A. Talbert

Ancient Perspectives contains a huge 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 assorted people.

Ancient Perspectives offers an formidable, clean evaluate 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 response to the theories of his Greek predecessors at Alexandria. The outstanding accuracy of Mesopotamian city-plans is published, as is the production of maps via Romans to help the proud declare that their emperor’s rule was once worldwide in its succeed in. through probing the tools and methods of either Greek and Roman surveyors, one bankruptcy seeks to discover how their awesome making plans of roads, aqueducts, and tunnels was once 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 checklist them by way of creative implies that this soaking up quantity reinterprets and compares.

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