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Geography and ethnography : perceptions of the world in pre-modern societies

Author: Kurt A Raaflaub; Richard J A Talbert
Publisher: Chichester, U.K. ; Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.
Series: Ancient world--comparative histories.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The editors of this volume bring together leading specialists who have analyzed the thoughts and records of a wide range of pre-modern societies from around the globe and across the ages. A wide range of common questions are examined, from evidence, interpretations, and methodology to the way geographic and ethnographic concepts and views of the cosmos were developed and expressing.--[book cover].
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Cross-cultural studies
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kurt A Raaflaub; Richard J A Talbert
ISBN: 9781405191463 1405191465 9781118589854 1118589858
OCLC Number: 349180020
Description: xv, 357 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm.
Contents: Where the black antelope roam: dharma and human geography in India / Christopher Minkowski --
Humans, demons, gods and their worlds: the sacred and scientific cosmologies of India / Kim Plofker --
Structured perceptions of real and imagined landscapes in early China / Hsin-Mei Agnes Hsu --
Nonary cosmography in ancient China / John B. Henderson --
Knowledge of other cultures in China's early empires / Michale Loewe --
The Mississippian peoples' worldview / Kathleen DuVal --
Aztec geography and spatial imagination / Barbara E. Mundy --
Inca worldview / Catherine Julien --
Masters of the four corners of the heavens: view of the universe in early Mesopotamian writings / Piotr Michalowski --
The world and the geography of otherness in pharaonic Egypt / Gerald Moers --
On earth as in heaven: the apocalyptic vision of world geography from Urzeit to Endzeit according to the Book of Jubilees / James M. Scott --
'I know the number of the sand and the measure of the sea': geography and difference in the early Greek world / Susan Guettel Cole --
Continents, climates, and cultures: Greek theories of global structure / James Romm --
The geographical narrative of Strabo of Amasia / Daniela Dueck --
The Roman worldview: beyond recovery? / Richard J.A. Talbert --
The medieval Islamic worldview: Arabic geography in its historical context / Adam J. Silverstein --
The Book of Curiosities: an eleventh-century Egyptian view of the lands of the infidels / Emilie Savage-Smith --
Geography and ethnography in medieval Europe: classical traditions and contemporary concerns / Natalia Lozovsky --
Europeans plot the wider world, 1500-1750 / David Buisseret.
Series Title: Ancient world--comparative histories.
Responsibility: edited by Kurt A. Raaflaub and Richard J.A. Talbert.

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"The 20 papers originated in a workshop held at Brown University in March 2006 and fully reflect the series' world focus and broad definition of ancient societies." (CHOICE, July 2010)

 
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