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New PDF release: A History of the World in 12 Maps

By Jerry Brotton

ISBN-10: 1101637994

ISBN-13: 9781101637999

A interesting examine twelve maps——from historic Greece to Google Earth——and how they replaced our world

during this masterful learn, historian and cartography specialist Jerry Brotton explores a dozen of history’s such a lot influential maps, from stone pill to vivid visual display unit. beginning with Ptolemy, “"father of contemporary geography,” and finishing with satellite tv for pc cartography, A historical past of the area in 12 Maps brings maps from classical Greece, Renaissance Europe, and the Islamic and Buddhist worlds to lifestyles and divulges their impact on how we——literally——look at our current world.

As Brotton exhibits, the lengthy street to our current geographical fact used to be rife with controversy, manipulation, and certain pursuits trumping technological know-how. in the course of the centuries maps were wielded to advertise any variety of imperial, non secular, and fiscal agendas, and feature represented the idiosyncratic and uneasy fusion of technology and subjectivity. Brotton additionally conjures the worlds that produced those impressive works of cartography and tells the tales of these who created, used, and misused them for his or her personal ends.

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Chaque fois que se fondait une colonie, les émigrants empruntaient au foyer de la métropole le feu qui devait être entretenu dans le nouveau prytanée (48). Le local consacré par le foyer où brûle un feu perpétuel peut d’ailleurs porter un autre nom; le nom n’y fait rien. A Cnide, où le magistrat suprême, l’agent du peuple, était le damiourgos, c’est au danriourgeion que se donnaient les repas Formation de la cité 29 publics. Chez les Achéens de Phthitltide, le prytanée s’appelle la a maison du peuple D, leiton : le mot fait penser aux leitourgiui ou liturgies, ces prestations, sumut rituelles à l’origine, qui incombaient aux citoyens les plus riches et dont la plus caractéristique était l’hestiasrs, le paiement et la préparation d’un banquet sacré (”).

Les guerriers achéens occupèrent les plaines les plus riches et les positions les plus fortes. Dans l’enceinte des Formation de la citè 19 citadelles s’élevèrent les palais des rois. Quand il y avait assez de place, on y joignait des maisons pour les principaux officiers et dignitaires. A Athènes, tout près de la forte demeure 3 où siégeait Érechthée, se trouvait un petit groupe d’habitations plus modestes. A Mycènes, le périmètre fortifié fut même étendu, vers le milieu du XPsiècle, de manière à englober le cercle de la métropole royale.

On avait peur du démos. Ce nom s’appliquait à Sensemble de tous les génè groupés sous le même sceptre, qu’il s’agît du pays ou des habitants. La dèmuu phatis ou phémis, l’opinion publique, exerçait une infiuence à laquelle aucun génos ne pouvait se soustraire. Elle exerçait par la némésis une pression capable de prévenir un crime ou de contraindre le criminel à i’expier P). Eiie n’avait pas, il est vrai, d‘organe attitré; eile n’était représentée ni par un personnage ni par un corps officiel. On ne peut cependant pas dire qu’elle fût purement morale ; car, dans les cas extrêmes, quand les passions étaient surexcitées, Sindignation éclatait en violence et emportait tout obstacle.

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