Geography in Classical Antiquity.

DUECK, Daniela,

Verlag: Cambridge University Press, 2012
ISBN 10: 052112025X / ISBN 13: 9780521120258
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Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (.), 2012. XVI,142p. Paperback. Series: Key Themes in Ancient History. 'In about 100 pages her four chapters (1-3 and 5) first introduce Greek and Roman geography as a whole, and then analyze its descriptive and mathematical expositions, as well as applications in practice both with and without reference to texts. Throughout, her treatment is clear, concise, informative, and well balanced. (.) As Dueck?s introductory chapter explains, repeated impetus came from expansion of Greek and Roman settlement throughout the Mediterranean, as well as far to the East with Alexander?s conquests and to the North with Rome?s persistent efforts to expand its empire. Impetus of other kinds came from philosophical and scientific quests to comprehend the Earth itself and its place in a vaster universe, and to probe not only its physical landscape and climatic phenomena but also its infinite variety of peoples and the relation of each to their environment. (.) The three sections of chapter 2 ?Descriptive geography? address respectively epic, myth and poetry (poetry persisting throughout antiquity as a popular medium for presenting geography); the historiographic and encyclopedic tradition from Herodotus onwards, with special attention to Strabo and Pliny; and ?travelogues and curiosities? encompassing texts as varied as Pausanias and Solinus on the one hand, and periploi, itineraria and paradoxographers on the other. Likewise in three sections, chapter 3 ?Mathematical geography? considers respectively efforts to grasp the shape and size of the world, and to identify its main parts (continents especially) as well as how and where these were divided; theories of latitudinal zones created by different climates, and the supposed impact of climate upon the physiognomy and culture of peoples; lastly the method ? developed successively by Dicaearchus, Eratosthenes, Hipparchus and Ptolemy in particular ? to fix locations according to a system of co-ordinates still in use today. Dueck?s short concluding chapter 5 ?Geography in practice? is mainly a survey of the means by which classical antiquity?s many travelers may have used periploi and itineraria, with their needs in turn stimulating the appetite for geographical information (.). In the three sections of the preceding chapter 4 ?Cartography?, Brodersen begins with an appropriate reminder that there is little contemporary evidence for Greco-Roman maps and that the temptation to reconstruct lost ones by heavy reliance upon modern materials and preconceptions is to be resisted. He then reviews texts and material objects that variously record landscapes or cityscapes, or at least act to bring their visualization to mind (such as the souvenir bowls of Hadrian?s Wall). Finally he gives all too brief consideration to ?Maps in the service of state?, with special reference to the maps of Aristagoras of Miletus and (with skepticism) of Agrippa).' (RICHARD J.A. TALBERT in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2012.12.29). Condition: New. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 33119

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Inhaltsangabe: What were the limits of knowledge of the physical world in Greek and Roman antiquity? How far did travellers get and what did they know about far-away regions? How did they describe foreign countries and peoples? How did they measure the earth, and distances and heights on it? Ideas about the physical and cultural world are a key aspect of ancient history, but until now there has been no up-to-date modern overview of the subject. This book explores the beginnings and development of geographical ideas in Classical antiquity and demonstrates technical methods for describing landscape, topographies and ethnographies. The survey relies on a variety of sources: philosophical and scientific texts but also poems and travelogues; papyrological remains and visual monuments.

Book Description: This book explores the beginnings and development of geographical ideas in Classical antiquity and demonstrates technical methods for describing landscape, topographies and ethnographies. The survey relies on a variety of sources: philosophical and scientific texts but also poems and travelogues; papyrological remains and visual monuments.

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Titel: Geography in Classical Antiquity.
Verlag: Cambridge University Press
Erscheinungsdatum: 2012
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Buchbeschreibung Cambridge University Press Apr 2012, 2012. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Neu. Neuware - An introduction to the earliest ideas of geography in antiquity and how much knowledge there was of the physical world. 160 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9780521120258

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