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Author Berggren, J. L.

Title Ptolemy's Geography : an annotated translation of the theoretical chapters / J. Lennart Berggren and Alexander Jones
Published Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2000
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 192 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents Introduction. What Ptolemy expected his reader to know ; The place of the Geography in Ptolemy's work ; Ptolemy's evolving conception of the world ; Marinos and other sources ; Ptolemy's map projections and coordinate lists ; The manuscripts of the Geography ; The maps in the manuscripts ; Early readers and translators ; Modern editions and translations of the Geography ; Our translation -- Ptolemy, Guide to drawing a map of the world. Book 1; Book 2 ; Book 7 ; Book 8 -- Plates and maps -- Appendices. Appendix A : the journeys of Flaccus and Maternus to the Aithiopians ; Appendix B : Marinos' calculation of the latitude of Cape Prason ; Appendix C: the trade route across central Asia ; Appendix D : the breadth of the Mediterranean according to Marinos and Ptolemy ; Appendix E : the sail to Kattigara ; Appendix F : The miscellaneous criticisms of Marinos' data ; Appendix G : textual notes ; Appendix H : geographical index
Summary "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 A.D., 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 important, 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." "Historians of science, classicists, and anyone who enjoys beautiful maps or map making will find this work an indispensable addition to their library."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 183-188)
Notes Print version record
Subject 880-01 Ptolemy, active 2nd century. Geographia.
880-01 Πτολεμαίος, 2ος αι. Γεωγραφία
Ptolemaeus, Claudius 100-178
Ptolemaeus, Claudius.
Ptolémée, Claude (0090?-0168?). Geographia.
Geographia (Ptolemy)
Cartography -- Greece -- Early works to 1800
Geography, Ancient.
Cartographie -- Grèce -- 2e siècle.
Geography, Ancient.
Géographie antique.
SCIENCE / History
Greece (Ancient) -- Cartography - theory -- [literature] -- 2000.
Griechenland Altertum
Genre/Form Early works.
Form Electronic book
Author Ptolemy, active 2nd century. Geographia.
Jones, Alexander.
ISBN 0691214115