Ancient History & Civilisation

Ancient Perspectives: Maps and Their Place in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome

Ancient Perspectives: Maps and Their Place in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome

Ancient Perspectives encompasses a vast arc of space and time—Western Asia to North Africa and Europe from the third millennium BCE to the fifth century CE—to explore mapmaking and worldviews in the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. In each society, maps served as critical economic, political, and personal tools, but there was little consistency in how and why they were made. Much like today, maps in antiquity meant very different things to different people.

Introduction

Chapter 1. The Expression of Terrestrial and Celestial Order in Ancient Mesopotamia

Chapter 2. From Topography to Cosmos: Ancient Egypt’s Multiple Maps

Chapter 3. Mapping the World: Greek Initiatives from Homer to Eratosthenes

Chapter 4. Ptolemy’s Geography: Mapmaking and the Scientific Enterprise

Chapter 5. Greek and Roman Surveying and Surveying Instruments

Chapter 6. Urbs Roma to Orbis Romanus: Roman Mapping on the Grand Scale

Chapter 7. Putting the World in Order: Mapping in Roman Texts

Notes

Bibliography

Plate Section