Cartography in Antiquity and the Middle Ages: Fresh by Richard J. A. Talbert, Richard W. Unger

By Richard J. A. Talbert, Richard W. Unger

In scope, this publication fits "The heritage of Cartography", vol. 1 (1987) edited via Brian Harley and David Woodward. Now, two decades after the looks of that seminal paintings, classicists and medievalists from Europe and North the US spotlight, distill and give some thought to the remarkably efficient development made on the grounds that in lots of diverse components of the examine of maps. The interplay among specialists on antiquity and at the heart a while obvious within the 13 contributions deals a consultant to the longer term and illustrates shut relationships within the evolving perform of cartography over the 1st millenium and a half the Christian period. The participants are Emily Albu, Raymond Clemens, Lucy Donkin, Evelyn Edson, Tom Elliott, Patrick Gauthier Dalche, Benjamin Kedar, Maja Kominko, Natalia Lozovsky, Yossef Rapoport, Emilie Savage-Smith, Camille Serchuk, Richard Talbert, and Jennifer Trimble.

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The first is a dedication of thanks to Claudius by the Lycians for having restored order and stability to their country by annexing it. The second, not integral to the original design but added only a couple of years later, is a commemoration in Claudius’ own name of how he has made roads throughout Lycia, followed by a detailed listing of the distances between at least fifty different places there. 30 These texts have not just shed welcome new light on the history and geography of Lycia. They have also rekindled interest in the itinerary lists that Pietro Janni and his adherents regard as such an influential determinant of Roman conceptions of space.

Die ältesten Weltkarten (1895-1898), s’achève par un sixième volume dont le titre résume la problématique d’ensemble: Rekonstruierte Karten. Tel était en effet le but de Miller en cet âge d’or de la philologie et de la Quellenforschung: reconstruire l’un des pans de la civilisation antique en utilisant la méthode stemmatique élaborée depuis un demi-siècle afin d’approcher au plus près de l’original des grands textes. En cet âge de croyance aux progrès de la science, mus par l’hubris philologique, certains savants en vinrent à penser qu’il l’héritage antique de la cartographie médiévale 33 était possible, en recueillant les citations faites par des auteurs postérieurs et en les soumettant à la critique, de reconstituer des œuvres majeures disparues, comme par exemple les Prata de Suétone.

Dilke, “Maps in the Service of the State: Roman Cartography to the End of the Augustan Era,” in The History of Cartography, vol. 1, 206-207 with Fig. 5. 15 O. A. W. Dilke, “Maps in the Service of the State,” 205-206 with Fig. 4. 16 Janni observed that while there is scant testimony to Roman use of maps, ample evidence exists for itineraries which record routes by land or sea in linear fashion. Indeed, the one great Roman worldmap, surviving in a medieval copy, the so-called Peutinger Map, presents land routes horizontally in this way.

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