Cartography in Antiquity and the Middle Ages: Fresh by Richard J. A. Talbert, Richard W. Unger

By Richard J. A. Talbert, Richard W. Unger

In scope, this ebook fits "The background of Cartography", vol. 1 (1987) edited by means of Brian Harley and David Woodward. Now, 20 years after the looks of that seminal paintings, classicists and medievalists from Europe and North the United States spotlight, distill and think about the remarkably efficient development made because in lots of varied components of the learn of maps. The interplay among specialists on antiquity and at the center a long time obvious within the 13 contributions bargains a consultant to the long run and illustrates shut relationships within the evolving perform of cartography over the 1st millenium and a 1/2 the Christian period. The participants are Emily Albu, Raymond Clemens, Lucy Donkin, Evelyn Edson, Tom Elliott, Patrick Gauthier Dalche, Benjamin Kedar, Maja Kominko, Natalia Lozovsky, Yossef Rapoport, Emilie Savage-Smith, Camille Serchuk, Richard Talbert, and Jennifer Trimble.

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Oswald Dilke (1915-1993)2 was a classical scholar who in the course of his career held positions in several British universities, the last being the Chair of Latin at Leeds. He was a remarkable polymath who possessed the courage and originality to develop interests that were altogether neglected and unfashionable in his day. The first of note for present purposes was the Roman agrimensores or land surveyors. A notoriously dense body of technical writing by them survives, together with various documents and land-maps on stone, as well as remains of the checkerboard pattern that they imposed on the landscape detectable through archaeology or aerial photography.

D. 1200-1500, 65, K. Miller démontre que l’origine commune de toutes les cartes des mss de Salluste remonte à une époque antérieure à la fin de l’empire romain, et peut-être même antérieure à la conversion de l’empire au christianisme. Mais Miller ne démontre en réalité rien de tel; le seul argument avancé par Destombes est très faible: certaines de ces cartes sont centrées sur Rome et non sur Jérusalem. Le jugement de Miller et de Destombes est repris par P. Arnaud, “Plurima orbis imago.

22 A digital version of this atlas that gives its printed maps unprecedented longterm value and versatility is now 19 O. A. W. Dilke, “Roman Large-Scale Mapping in the Early Empire,” in The History of Cartography, vol. 1, 227. 20 O. A. W. Dilke, “Itineraries and Geographical Maps in the Early and Late Roman Empires,” 238. 21 O. A. W. Dilke, “Itineraries and Geographical Maps,” 235. 22 Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2000. 16 richard talbert a practical prospect. Moreover, before the appearance of the Barrington Atlas in 2000, there simply did not exist a set of scholarly modern maps that presented the entire classical world at a useful scale.

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