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Ptolemy's Geography is the single e-book on cartography to have survived from the classical interval and essentially the most influential medical works of all time. Written within the moment century advert, for greater than fifteen centuries it was once the main precise topography of Europe and Asia to be had and the simplest reference on how one can assemble info and draw maps. Ptolemy championed using astronomical statement and utilized arithmetic in deciding on geographical destinations. yet extra importantly, he brought the perform of writing down coordinates of range and longitude for each function drawn on an international map, in order that another individual owning basically the textual content of the Geography might reproduce Ptolemy's map at any time, in complete or partly, at any scale.

Here Berggren and Jones render an exemplary translation of the Geography and supply a radical advent, which treats the ancient and technical history of Ptolemy's paintings, the contents of the Geography, and the later heritage of the paintings. additionally integrated listed below are certain colour reproductions of maps from manuscripts and early revealed versions of the textual content, consultant of the gorgeous and useful cartographic artistry that flowed from Ptolemy's paintings. Historians of technological know-how, classicists, and a person who enjoys appealing maps or map making will locate this paintings an imperative addition to their library.

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