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Geography in classical antiquity

Author: Daniela Dueck; Kai Brodersen
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Series: Key themes in ancient history.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Daniela Dueck; Kai Brodersen
ISBN: 9780521197885 0521197880 9780521120258 052112025X
OCLC Number: 778244871
Description: xvi, 142 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : Outline and goals ; Formats, contexts and terminologies ; Geography and politics ; Greek and Roman geography --
Descriptive geography : Epic, myth and poetry ; The historiographic tradition ; Travelogues and curiosities --
Mathematical geography : Shapes and sizes ; The theory of climatic zones and ethno-geography ; Locating coordinates --
Cartography / by Kai Brodersen : A pre-modern world ; Descriptive and scientific cartography ; Maps in the service of the state? --
Geography in practice : The connection between experience and text ; Popular geographical knowledge. 1. Introduction --
2. Descriptive geography --
3. Mathematical geography --
4. Cartography --
5. Geography in practice.
Series Title: Key themes in ancient history.
Responsibility: Daniela Dueck ; with a chapter by Kai Brodersen.
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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  Read more...

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