Geography and Ethnography: Perceptions of the World in Pre-Modern Societies (Google eBook)

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Kurt A. Raaflaub, Richard J. A. Talbert
John Wiley & Sons, Dec 17, 2009 - History - 376 pages
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This fascinating volume brings together leading specialists, whohave analyzed the thoughts and records documenting the worldviewsof a wide range of pre-modern societies.
  • Presents evidence from across the ages; from antiquity throughto the Age of Discovery
  • Provides cross-cultural comparison of ancient societies aroundthe globe, from the Chinese to the Incas and Aztecs, from theGreeks and Romans to the peoples of ancient India
  • Explores newly discovered medieval Islamic materials
  

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Where the Black Antelope Roam Dharma and Human Geography in India
9
3 Humans Demons Gods and Their Worlds The Sacred and Scientific Cosmologies of India
32
4 Structured Perceptions of Real and Imagined Landscapes in Early China
43
5 Nonary Cosmography in Ancient China
64
6 Knowledge of Other Cultures in Chinas Early Empires
74
7 The Mississippian Peoples Worldview
89
8 Aztec Geography and Spatial Imagination
108
12 On Earth as in Heaven The Apocalyptic Vision of World Geography from Urzeit to Endzeit according to the Book of Jubilees
182
13 I Know the Number of the Sand and the Measure of the Sea Geography and Difference in the Early Greek World
197
14 Continents Climates and Cultures Greek Theories of Global Structure
215
15 The Geographical Narrative of Strabo of Amasia
236
16 The Roman Worldview Beyond Recovery?
252
17 The Medieval Islamic Worldview Arabic Geography in Its Historical Context
273
18 The Book of Curiosities An EleventhCentury Egyptian View of the Lands of the Infidels
291
19 Geography and Ethnography in Medieval Europe Classical Traditions and Contemporary Concerns
311

9 Inca Worldview
128
10 Masters of the Four Corners of the Heavens Views of the Universe in Early Mesopotamian Writings
147
11 The World and the Geography of Otherness in Pharaonic Egypt
169
20 Europeans Plot the Wider World 15001750
330
Index
344
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About the author (2009)

Kurt A. Raaflaub is David Herlihy University Professor, andProfessor of Classics and History, at Brown University. Hisnumerous 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 theeditor 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, Professorof History and Classics at The University of North Carolina atChapel Hill. He is the editor of the Barrington Atlas of theGreek and Roman World (2000), and co-editor of Space in theRoman World: Its Perception and Presentation (2004), as well asof Cartography in Antiquity and the Middle Ages: FreshPerspectives, New Methods (2008). His major studyRome’s World: The Peutinger Map Reconsidered willappear in 2010.

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