Geography and Ethnography: Perceptions of the World in Pre-Modern Societies
February 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
- Presents evidence from across the ages; from antiquity through to the Age of Discovery
- Provides cross-cultural comparison of ancient societies around the globe, from the Chinese to the Incas and Aztecs, from the Greeks and Romans to the peoples of ancient India
- Explores newly discovered medieval Islamic materials
Notes on Contributors.
Series Editor’s Preface.
1 Introduction (Richard J. A. Talbert, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Kurt A. Raaflaub, Brown University).
2 Where the Black Antelope Roam: Dharma and Human Geography in India (Christopher Minkowski, University of Oxford ).
3 Humans, Demons, Gods and Their Worlds: The Sacred and Scientific Cosmologies of India (Kim Plofker, Union College in Schenectady NY).
4 Structured Perceptions of Real and Imagined Landscapes in Early China (Hsin-Mei Agnes Hsu, China Institute in New York ).
5 Nonary Cosmography in Ancient China (John B. Henderson, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge ).
6 Knowledge of Other Cultures in China’s Early Empires (Michael Loewe, University of Cambridge, retired ).
7 The Mississippian Peoples’ Worldview (Kathleen DuVal, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill ).
8 Aztec Geography and Spatial Imagination (Barbara E. Mundy, Fordham University ).
9 Inca Worldview (Catherine Julien, Western Michigan University ).
10 Masters of the Four Corners of the Heavens: Views of the Universe in Early Mesopotamian Writings (Piotr Michalowski, University of Michigan ).
11 The World and the Geography of Otherness in Pharaonic Egypt (Gerald Moers, University of Göttingen ).
12 On Earth As in Heaven: The Apocalyptic Vision of World Geography from Urzeit to Endzeit According to the Book of Jubilees (James M. Scott, Trinity Western University, British Columbia ).
13 I Know the Number of the Sand and the Measure of the Sea': Geography and Difference in the Early Greek World (Susan Guettel Cole, State University of New York, Buffalo ).
14 Continents, Climates, and Cultures: Greek Theories of Global Structure (James Romm, Bard College ).
15 The Geographical Narrative of Strabo of Amasia (Daniela Dueck, Bar Ilan University, Israel ).
16 The Roman Worldview: Beyond Recovery? (Richard J. A. Talbert, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill ).
17 The Medieval Islamic Worldview: Arabic Geography in Its Historical Context (Adam J. Silverstein, University of Oxford ).
18 The Book of Curiosities: An Eleventh-Century Egyptian View of the Lands of the Infidels (Emilie Savage-Smith, University of Oxford, St Cross College ).
19 Geography and Ethnography in Medieval Europe: Classical Traditions and Contemporary Concerns (Natalia Lozovsky, Independent Scholar ).
20 Europeans Plot the Wider World, 1500–1750 (David Buisseret, University of Texas at Arlington, retired ).
Richard J.A. Talbert is William Rand Kenan, Jr, Professor of History and Classics at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the editor of the Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World (2000), and co-editor of Space in the Roman World: Its Perception and Presentation (2004), as well as of Cartography in Antiquity and the Middle Ages: Fresh Perspectives, New Methods (2008). His major study Rome’s World: The Peutinger Map Reconsidered will appear in 2010.
Presents with a global perspective the worldviews of a wide range of pre-modern societies, from antiquity through to the Age of Discovery
Brings together in one volume the leading scholars on numerous pre-modern cultures
Provides cross-cultural comparison of ancient societies, from the Chinese to the Incas and Aztecs, from the Greeks and Romans to the peoples of ancient India
Explores newly discovered medieval Islamic materials
"The 20 papers originated in a workshop held at Brown University in March 2006 and fully reflect the series' world focus and broad definition of ancient societies." (CHOICE, July 2010)“Inspirational in conception, seamless in execution, and exemplary in cohesion, this book of twenty well-written essays on the diversity of world views from antiquity to the sixteenth century has an important message for modern ‘one world’ globalism.”
Catherine Delano-Smith, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
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