Ptolemy's geography : an annotated translation of the theoretical chapters

Author: Ptolemy, active 2nd century
Berggren, J. L. (translator)
Jones, Alexander (translator)
Uniform Title: Geographia. Selections. English
Responsibility: J. Lennart Berggren and Alexander Jones
Place: Princeton, NJ.
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Date Published: 2000
Description: xii, 192 p. : ill., maps ; 26 cm.
Call Number: rg 526.0938 B496
Subject: Ptolemy, active 2nd century. Geographia
Cartography--Greece--Early works to 1800
Geography, Ancient
Contents: Machine derived contents note: Table of contents for Ptolemy's Geography : an annotated translation of the theoretical chapters / J. Lennart Berggren and Alexander Jones. -- Bibliographic record and links to related information available from the Library of Congress catalog -- Information from electronic data provided by the publisher. May be incomplete or contain other coding. -- List of Illustrations ix -- Preface xi -- Note on Citations of Classical Authors xiii -- Introduction 3 -- What Ptolemy Expected His Reader to Know 5 -- The Place of the Geography in Ptolemy's Work 17 -- Ptolemy's Evolving Conception of the World 20 -- Marinos and Other Sources 23 -- Ptolemy's Map Projections and Coordinate Lists 31 -- The Manuscripts of the Geography 41 -- The Maps in the Manuscripts 45 -- Early Readers and Translators 50 -- Modern Editions and Translations of the Geography 52 -- Our Translation 53 -- Ptolemy, Guide to Drawing a Map of the World -- Book 1 57 -- Book 2 94 -- Book 7 108 -- Boo
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index. Translated from the Greek
Summary: "Ptolemy's Geography is the only book on cartography to have survived from the classical period and one of the most influential scientific works of all time. Written in the second century A.D., for more than fifteen centuries it was the most detailed topography of Europe and Asia available and the best reference on how to gather data and draw maps. Ptolemy championed the use of astronomical observation and applied mathematics in determining geographical locations. But more important, he introduced the practice of writing down coordinates of latitude and longitude for every feature drawn on a world map, so that someone else possessing only the text of the Geography could reproduce Ptolemy's map at any time, in whole or in part, at any scale." "Historians of science, classicists, and anyone who enjoys beautiful maps or map making will find this work an indispensable addition to their library."--BOOK JACKET.