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 ...
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Overview

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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“The basic premise, not to be dismissed, is that other'ancient' or 'pre-modern' societies can inform us about theClassical and Near Eastern progenitors of our own, if we areprepared to look and learn."  (Ancient West and East,2014)

"In sum, the editors, and the publisher, are to be congratulated onproducing, a stimulating volume which provides expert guidance tomany aspects of the foreign country which is the past."(Aestimatio: Critical Reviews in the History of Science, 2011)

"The 20 papers originated in a workshop held at Brown Universityin March 2006 and fully reflect the series' world focus and broaddefinition of ancient societies." (CHOICE, July 2010)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118589854
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/11/2013
  • Series: Ancient World: Comparative Histories Series , #17
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

List of Figures vii

Notes on Contributors xi

Series Editor's Preface xvii

1 Introduction Richard J. A. Talbert Kurt A. Raaflaub 1

2 Where the Black Antelope Roam: Dharma and Human Geography in India Christopher Minkowski 9

3 Humans, Demons, Gods and Their Worlds: The Sacred and Scientific Cosmologies of India Kim Plofker 32

4 Structured Perceptions of Real and Imagined Landscapes in Early China Hsin-Mei Agnes Hsu 43

5 Nonary Cosmography in Ancient China John B. Henderson 64

6 Knowledge of Other Cultures in China's Early Empires Michael Loewe 74

7 The Mississippian Peoples' Worldview Kathleen DuVal 89

8 Aztec Geography and Spatial Imagination Barbara E. Mundy 108

9 Inca Worldview Catherine Julien 128

10 Masters of the Four Corners of the Heavens: Views of the Universe in Early Mesopotamian Writings Piotr Michalowski 147

11 The World and the Geography of Otherness in Pharaonic Egypt Gerald Moers 169

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 182

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 197

14 Continents, Climates, and Cultures: Greek Theories of Global Structure James Romm 215

15 The Geographical Narrative of Strabo of Amasia Daniela Dueck 236

16 The Roman Worldview: Beyond Recovery? Richard J. A. Talbert 252

17 The Medieval Islamic Worldview: Arabic Geography in Its Historical Context Adam J. Silverstein 273

18 The Book of Curiosities: An Eleventh-Century Egyptian View of the Lands of the Infidels Emilie Savage-Smith 291

19 Geography and Ethnography in Medieval Europe: Classical Traditions and Contemporary Concerns Natalia Lozovsky 311

20 Europeans Plot the Wider World, 1500-1750 David Buisseret 330

Index 344

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