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By Richard J. A. Talbert

Ancient Perspectives includes 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 historic civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. In each 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 similar to at the present time, maps in antiquity intended very various things to diverse 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 an in depth specialize in Ptolemy’s rules for drawing a global map in keeping with the theories of his Greek predecessors at Alexandria. The impressive accuracy of Mesopotamian city-plans is printed, as is the production of maps by way of Romans to help the proud declare that their emperor’s rule was once worldwide in its succeed in. via 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 even though none of those civilizations devised the capability to degree time or distance with precision, they nonetheless conceptualized their atmosphere, ordinary and man-made, close to and much, and felt the urge to checklist them by way of artistic signifies that this soaking up quantity reinterprets and compares.

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