Ptolemy's Geography : an annotated translation of the theoretical chapters /
J. Lennart Berggren and Alexander Jones.
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Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2000.
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xii, 192 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 27 cm.
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0691010420 (alk. paper)
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Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2000.
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0691010420 (alk. paper)
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4055400
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"The translation is exemplary, surely the best in any language. It supersedes all previous translations and corrects all editions. The authors have done a splendid job in every way and have produced a work that will be useful for the duration of our lives and probably much longer."-- Noel Swerdlow, University of Chicago and author of The Babylonian Theory of the Planets "Berggren and Jones have made a difficult, detailed and challenging text far more accessible and have produced a work that will be the standard for many years to come. They have done a wonderful service to the study of a crucial text by one of the most important figures in the history of science. A pleasure to read."-- Liba Taub, Cambridge University
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"Until now there has been no reliable translation of the Geography in English. Berggren and Jones have triumphantly filled that lack for the crucial portion of the work, the portion in which Ptolemy speaks as scientific geographer."-- Lionel Casson, Classical Bulletin
"Arguably, [ Ptolemy's Geography ] has been the most lastingly influential of all works in the earth sciences. . . . This is a most useful volume, destined to be a primary source for classical scholars as well as for historians of science."-- William A.S. Sarjeant, Earth Sciences History
"A superlative new translation. . . . In Berggren and Jones [Ptolemy] has, at long last, found his ideal exponents."-- Peter Green, London Review of Books
"By allowing us to hear in English the voice of one who was both the chief cartographer of the Greek world and the inspiration for the fifteenth-century cartographic revolution, Berggren and Jones have masterfully met a long-felt need."-- Robert W. Karrow, Jr., Technology and Culture
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Ptolemy's Geography is the only book on cartography to have survived from the classical period and one of the most influential scientific works of all time. Written in the second century AD, for more than fifteen centuries it was the most detailed topography of Europe and Asia available and the best reference on how to gather data and draw maps. Ptolemy championed the use of astronomical observation and applied mathematics in determining geographical locations. But more importantly, he introduced the practice of writing down coordinates of latitude and longitude for every feature drawn on a world map, so that someone else possessing only the text of the Geography could reproduce Ptolemy's map at any time, in whole or in part, at any scale. Here Berggren and Jones render an exemplary translation of the Geography and provide a thorough introduction, which treats the historical and technical background of Ptolemy's work, the contents of the Geography, and the later history of the work. Also included here are unique color reproductions of maps from manuscripts and early printed editions of the text, representative of the beautiful and practical cartographic artistry that flowed from Ptolemy's work. Historians of science, classicists, and anyone who enjoys beautiful maps or map making will find this work an indispensable addition to their library.
Main Description
Ptolemy'sGeographyis the only book on cartography to have survived from the classical period and one of the most influential scientific works of all time. Written in the second century AD, for more than fifteen centuries it was the most detailed topography of Europe and Asia available and the best reference on how to gather data and draw maps. Ptolemy championed the use of astronomical observation and applied mathematics in determining geographical locations. But more importantly, he introduced the practice of writing down coordinates of latitude and longitude for every feature drawn on a world map, so that someone else possessing only the text of theGeographycould reproduce Ptolemy's map at any time, in whole or in part, at any scale. Here Berggren and Jones render an exemplary translation of theGeographyand provide a thorough introduction, which treats the historical and technical background of Ptolemy's work, the contents of theGeography,and the later history of the work. Also included here are unique color reproductions of maps from manuscripts and early printed editions of the text, representative of the beautiful and practical cartographic artistry that flowed from Ptolemy's work. Historians of science, classicists, and anyone who enjoys beautiful maps or map making will find this work an indispensable addition to their library.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Note on Citations of Classical Authorsp. xiii
Introductionp. 3
What Ptolemy Expected His Reader to Knowp. 5
The Place of the Geography in Ptolemy's Workp. 17
Ptolemy's Evolving Conception of the Worldp. 20
Marinos and Other Sourcesp. 23
Ptolemy's Map Projections and Coordinate Listsp. 31
The Manuscripts of the Geographyp. 41
The Maps in the Manuscriptsp. 45
Early Readers and Translatorsp. 50
Modern Editions and Translations of the Geographyp. 52
Our Translationp. 53
Ptolemy, Guide to Drawing a Map of the World
Book 1p. 57
Book 2p. 94
Book 7p. 108
Book 8p. 118
Plates and Maps Notes on the Plates and Mapsp. 125
Plates 1-7 following p.p. 128
Maps 1-8p. 129
Appendices
The Journeys of Flaccus and Maternus to the Aithiopiansp. 145
Marinos' Calculation of the Latitude of Cape Prasonp. 148
The Trade Route across Central Asiap. 150
The Breadth of the Mediterranean According to Marinos and Ptolemyp. 153
The Sail to Kattigarap. 155
The Miscellaneous Criticisms of Marinos' Datap. 157
Textual Notesp. 163
Geographical
Indexp. 168
Bibliographyp. 183
Indexp. 189
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