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Geography and Ethnography

Perceptions of the World in Pre-Modern Societies

Raaflaub, Kurt A. / Talbert, Richard J. A. (Herausgeber)

Ancient World: Comparative Histories


1. Auflage Januar 2010
376 Seiten, Hardcover
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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

List of Figures vii

Notes on Contributors xi

Series Editor's Preface xvii

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

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

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

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

5 Nonary Cosmography in Ancient China 64
John B. Henderson

6 Knowledge of Other Cultures in China's Early Empires74
Michael Loewe

7 The Mississippian Peoples' Worldview 89
Kathleen DuVal

8 Aztec Geography and Spatial Imagination 108
Barbara E. Mundy

9 Inca Worldview 128
Catherine Julien

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

11 The World and the Geography of Otherness in Pharaonic Egypt169
Gerald Moers

12 On Earth as in Heaven: The Apocalyptic Vision of WorldGeography from Urzeit to Endzeit according to the Book of Jubilees182
James M. Scott

13 'I Know the Number of the Sand and the Measure of the Sea':Geography and Difference in the Early Greek World 197
Susan Guettel Cole

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

15 The Geographical Narrative of Strabo of Amasia 236
Daniela Dueck

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

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

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

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

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

Index 344
"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)"Inspirational in conception, seamless in execution, andexemplary in cohesion, this book of twenty well-written essays onthe diversity of world views from antiquity to the sixteenthcentury has an important message for modern 'one world'globalism."
Catherine Delano-Smith, Institute of Historical Research,University of London
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.

K. A. Raaflaub, Brown University, USA; R. J. A. Talbert, University of North Carolina, USA