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Ptolemy's Geography is the only book on cartography to have survived from the classical period and one of the most influential scientific works of all time. Written in the second century AD, for more than fifteen centuries it was the most detailed topography of Europe and Asia available and the best reference on how to gather data and draw maps. Ptolemy championed the use of astronomical observation and applied mathematics in determining geographical locations. But more importantly, he introduced the practice of writing down coordinates of latitude and longitude for every feature drawn on a world map, so that someone else possessing only the text of the Geography could reproduce Ptolemy's map at any time, in whole or in part, at any scale.

Here Berggren and Jones render an exemplary translation of the Geography and provide a thorough introduction, which treats the historical and technical background of Ptolemy's work, the contents of the Geography, and the later history of the work. Also included here are unique color reproductions of maps from manuscripts and early printed editions of the text, representative of the beautiful and practical cartographic artistry that flowed from Ptolemy's work. Historians of science, classicists, and anyone who enjoys beautiful maps or map making will find this work an indispensable addition to their library.

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"The translation is exemplary, surely the best in any language. It supersedes all previous translations and corrects all editions. The authors have done a splendid job in every way and have produced a work that will be useful for the duration of our lives and probably much longer."--Noel Swerdlow, University of Chicago and author of The Babylonian Theory of the Planets

"Berggren and Jones have made a difficult, detailed and challenging text far more accessible and have produced a work that will be the standard for many years to come. They have done a wonderful service to the study of a crucial text by one of the most important figures in the history of science. A pleasure to read."--Liba Taub, Cambridge University

Synopsis:

Ptolemy's Geography is the only book on cartography to have survived from the classical period and one of the most influential scientific works of all time. Written in the second century AD, for more than fifteen centuries it was the most detailed topography of Europe and Asia available and the best reference on how to gather data and draw maps. Ptolemy championed the use of astronomical observation and applied mathematics in determining geographical locations. But more importantly, he introduced the practice of writing down coordinates of latitude and longitude for every feature drawn on a world map, so that someone else possessing only the text of the Geography could reproduce Ptolemy's map at any time, in whole or in part, at any scale.

Here Berggren and Jones render an exemplary translation of the Geography and provide a thorough introduction, which treats the historical and technical background of Ptolemy's work, the contents of the Geography, and the later history of the work. Also included here are unique color reproductions of maps from manuscripts and early printed editions of the text, representative of the beautiful and practical cartographic artistry that flowed from Ptolemy's work. Historians of science, classicists, and anyone who enjoys beautiful maps or map making will find this work an indispensable addition to their library.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Preface xi

Note on Citations of Classical Authors xiii

Introduction 3

What Ptolemy Expected His Reader to Know 5

The Place of the Geography in Ptolemy's Work 17

Ptolemy's Evolving Conception of the World 20

Marinos and Other Sources 23

Ptolemy's Map Projections and Coordinate Lists 31

The Manuscripts of the Geography 41

The Maps in the Manuscripts 45

Early Readers and Translators 50

Modern Editions and Translations of the Geography 52

Our Translation 53

Ptolemy, Guide to Drawing a Map of the World

Book 1 57

Book 2 94

Book 7 108

Book 8 118

Plates and Maps

Notes on the Plates and Maps 125

Plates 1-7 following p. 128

Maps 1-8 129

Appendices

Appendix A: The Journeys of Flaccus and Maternus to the Aithiopians 145

Appendix B: Marinos' Calculation of the Latitude of Cape Prason 148

Appendix C: The Trade Route across Central Asia 150

Appendix D: The Breadth of the Mediterranean According to Marinos and Ptolemy 153

Appendix E: The Sail to Kattigara 155

Appendix F: The Miscellaneous Criticisms of Marinos' Data 157

Appendix G: Textual Notes 163

Appendix H: Geographical Index 168

Bibliography 183

Index 189

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691092591
Author:
Berggren, J. Lennart
Author:
Jones, Alexander
Author:
Ptolemy
Author:
Berg, G.
Author:
ren, J. Lennart
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
History of Science and Medicine, Philosophy of Science
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Archaeology and Ancient History
Subject:
History of Science-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
December 2001
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
7 color illus., 13 maps, 20 line Illus.,
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
10 x 7 in 15 oz

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"Synopsis" by , "The translation is exemplary, surely the best in any language. It supersedes all previous translations and corrects all editions. The authors have done a splendid job in every way and have produced a work that will be useful for the duration of our lives and probably much longer."--Noel Swerdlow, University of Chicago and author of The Babylonian Theory of the Planets

"Berggren and Jones have made a difficult, detailed and challenging text far more accessible and have produced a work that will be the standard for many years to come. They have done a wonderful service to the study of a crucial text by one of the most important figures in the history of science. A pleasure to read."--Liba Taub, Cambridge University

"Synopsis" by , Ptolemy's Geography is the only book on cartography to have survived from the classical period and one of the most influential scientific works of all time. Written in the second century AD, for more than fifteen centuries it was the most detailed topography of Europe and Asia available and the best reference on how to gather data and draw maps. Ptolemy championed the use of astronomical observation and applied mathematics in determining geographical locations. But more importantly, he introduced the practice of writing down coordinates of latitude and longitude for every feature drawn on a world map, so that someone else possessing only the text of the Geography could reproduce Ptolemy's map at any time, in whole or in part, at any scale.

Here Berggren and Jones render an exemplary translation of the Geography and provide a thorough introduction, which treats the historical and technical background of Ptolemy's work, the contents of the Geography, and the later history of the work. Also included here are unique color reproductions of maps from manuscripts and early printed editions of the text, representative of the beautiful and practical cartographic artistry that flowed from Ptolemy's work. Historians of science, classicists, and anyone who enjoys beautiful maps or map making will find this work an indispensable addition to their library.

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