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The Geography Paperback – 19 Nov 1991
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The Dover edition reproduces and makes generally available the now rare first (and definitive) English translation, published in a limited edition of 250 copies by the New York Public Library. Includes reproductions of 27 maps from the Ebner Manuscript, ca. 1460, and two additional maps. An introduction assesses the lasting importance of this influ
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This work is similarly no less important. In it, Ptolomy set out to map all of the known world including all of Europe, parts of Africa, and parts of Asia. The maps are important because they provide us a view of the ancient world through the eyes of this great scholar, and they help us understand the general geography of Roman historians generally.
The maps in this book are quite clearly reproduced in a scaled-down format and are hard to read. They are helpful nonetheless in general historical studies. The rest of the book is largely a collection of latitudes and longitudes for cities. While this isn't the most exciting reading in the world, it's a handy reference.
Ptolemy Geography was not re-discovered until the mid 1500's. Nevertheless the original river and place names remained from original times throughout the centuries of attacks from the east on Germania, which brought in many new people.
It also gives great information on all parts of the then known world 1900 years ago .
The map drawings , today so different, are a real challenge. But the original place names help to find the correct places.
Ptolemy should be required study in every school class .
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