Geography and Ethnography: Perceptions of the World in Pre-Modern Societies

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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

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Societies have typically reflected upon their place in the world inrelation to the space in which they live, those who surround them,the universe, and divine forces that they believe determine theirfate. In this fascinating volume, the editors bring togetherleading specialists who have analyzed the thoughts and records of awide range of pre-modern societies from around the globe and acrossthe ages. Some societies, like the Chinese, Greeks, and Arabs, haveleft extensive written cultural and scientific documentation.Others, as in India and Mesopotamia, used myth and epic for memoryand understanding. Still others, such as the Incas and Aztecs, didnot write, but their ideas and beliefs can be recovered from laternarratives, as well as from their artwork, monuments, and shapingof the landscape.

A wide range of common questions are examined, from evidence,interpretations, and methodology, to the way geographic andethnographic concepts and views of the cosmos were developed andexpressed. The resulting cross-cultural comparisons clearlydescribe the specific characteristics of these societies, how theydiffer and overlap. What emerges is a rich and astonishing varietyof responses developed to meet universal challenges.

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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.

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