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Ancient views encompasses an enormous 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 fiscal, political, and private instruments, yet there has been little consistency in how and why they have been made. very like at the present time, maps in antiquity intended very various things to various people.

Ancient views presents 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 keeping with the theories of his Greek predecessors at Alexandria. The striking 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 international in its succeed in. through probing the tools and strategies of either Greek and Roman surveyors, one bankruptcy seeks to discover how their awesome 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, traditional and man-made, close to and much, and felt the urge to list them by means of artistic signifies that this soaking up quantity reinterprets and compares.

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