Travel, Cartography, and Cosmology

Scott Fitzgerald Johnson

in The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780195336931
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Travel, Cartography, and Cosmology

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This article discusses travel, cartography, and cosmology in Late Antiquity. Topics covered include Roman writers' preference for the overland genre, the itinerarium; the famous map called the Peutinger Table (Tabula Peutingeriana), which has long been the subject of scholarly investigation and debate; and Ptolemy's reception in two areas of study: cosmology and redictions of the movements of the stars and planets.

Keywords: Late Antiquity; travel; cartography; cosmology; itinerarium; Peutinger Table; Ptolemy

Article.  14634 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Classical Philosophy ; Historical Archaeology

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