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By Richard J. A. Talbert

ISBN-10: 0226789373

ISBN-13: 9780226789378

Ancient views encompasses an enormous arc of house and time—Western Asia to North Africa and Europe from the 3rd millennium BCE to the 5th century CE—to discover mapmaking and worldviews within the old civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. In each one society, maps served as serious financial, political, and private instruments, yet there has been little consistency in how and why they have been made. very like at the present time, maps in antiquity intended very various things to diverse people.

Ancient views presents an formidable, clean assessment of cartography and its makes use of. The seven chapters variety from broad-based analyses of mapping in Mesopotamia and Egypt to a detailed specialize in Ptolemy’s rules for drawing an international map in keeping with the theories of his Greek predecessors at Alexandria. The awesome accuracy of Mesopotamian city-plans is printed, as is the construction of maps through Romans to aid the proud declare that their emperor’s rule used to be international in its succeed in. via probing the tools and methods of either Greek and Roman surveyors, one bankruptcy seeks to discover how their impressive making plans of roads, aqueducts, and tunnels was once achieved.
Even notwithstanding none of those civilizations devised the capability to degree time or distance with precision, they nonetheless conceptualized their atmosphere, ordinary and man-made, close to and much, and felt the urge to checklist them by way of artistic signifies that this soaking up quantity reinterprets and compares.

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L e c o n c e p t de d o m i n a t i o n de l'univers q u i a v a i t é t é j u s q u ' a l o r s l ' a p a n a g e des seuls d i e u x est désormais a p p l i q u é a u r o i . Il se p e u t q u e p a r ce m ê m e b i a i s d ' a u t r e s q u a l i t é s j u s q u ' a l o r s p u r e m e n t d i v i nes, c o m m e le fait de resplendir, d ' ê t r e précédé ou e n t o u r é p a r u n h a l o l u m i n e u x , d e v i e n n e n t des a t t r i b u t s de ce roi. 1 8 Un p a s s a g e d ' u n p o è m e é p i q u e d o n t on n e possède q u ' u n f r a g m e n t , exalte u n roi, q u i p o u r r a i t ê t r e N a r â m s î n , en ces t e r m e s : « T a r a d i a n c e e s t 4 E 1 1 .

L. W . K I N O , AKA, p. 1 4 6 , col. V, ligne 1 4 . 3 7 . Inscription de Nabuchodonosor. Cf. S. LANGDON, VAB IV, p. 1 7 4 , col. I X , ligne 1 6 . 3 8 . D . D. LUCKENBILL, OIP II, p. 1 2 0 , ligne 3 8 . 39. A. P O E B E L , Pennsytoania Babylonian Séries V, p. 3 4 , col. VI, ligne 2 0 sq. 4 0 . Rois V, 1 9 sq. Selon une tradition, cf. L . GINZBERG, Legends of the Jews I I I , p. , le cèdre que Hîram envoya à Salomon, aussitôt que le parfum d'encens d u Temple parvint jusqu'à lui, recommença à verdir et à donner des fruits qui servirent à nourrir les prêtres jusqu'au jour où Manasseh amena une idole dans le temple.

Et la fonction royale 67 li hatti sa simti ana ûmê ruqûti isimmu) ou encore «le p è i e N a n n a r q u i réalise p a r f a i t e m e n t la r o y a u t é » (abu ''Nannar sa sarrûlu rabis suklulu). " « S u ' e n t ' a placé f e r m e m e n t la c o u r o n n e sur la t ê t e ; puisses-tu la p o r t e r p o u r t o u j o u r s » , ainsi dit u n h y m n e à la gloire du roi L i p i t i s t a r d ' I s i n . D a n s u n t e x t e bilingue suméro-accadien, le roi « fils de son dieu» est celui « q u i , c o m m e la lune nouvelle, assure la vie d u p a y s » et q u i « p o r t e le halo l u m i n e u x (salummatu) a u t o u r de sa t ê t e , c o m m e la lune q u i se r e nouvelle t o u j o u r s » .

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