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Ancient Perspectives: Maps and Their Place in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome

Richard J. A. Talbert

Abstract

This book encompasses a vast arc of space and time—Western Asia to North Africa and Europe from the third millennium BCE to the fifth century CE—to explore mapmaking and worldviews in the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. In each society, maps served as critical economic, political, and personal tools, but there was little consistency in how and why they were made. Much like today, maps in antiquity meant very different things to different people. The book presents an ambitious, fresh overview of cartography and its uses. The seven chapters range from broad-based a ... More

Keywords: mapmaking, ancient civilizations, Mesopotamia, maps in antiquity, cartography, mapping, Ptolemy, Alexandria, Roman surveyors, planning of roads

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780226789378
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226789408.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard J. A. Talbert, author