Geography and Ethnography

Geography and Ethnography : Perceptions of the World in Pre-Modern Societies

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This fascinating volume brings together leading specialists, who have analyzed the thoughts and records documenting the worldviews of a wide range of pre-modern societies. 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
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  • 183 x 256 x 26mm | 814g
  • Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Chicester, United Kingdom
  • 144431565X
  • 9781444315653

Table of contents

List of Figures. 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 Gottingen ). 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 ). Index.
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Review quote

"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)
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About Kurt A. Raaflaub

Kurt A. Raaflaub is David Herlihy University Professor, and Professor of Classics and History, at Brown University. His numerous publications include The Discovery of Freedom (2004) and Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (2007, co-authored with Josiah Ober and Robert Wallace). He is also the editor of Social Struggles in Archaic Rome (Blackwell, 2005), and War and Peace in the Ancient World (Blackwell, 2007), and co-editor of A Companion to Archaic Greece (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009). 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.
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