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Greek And Roman Mapping: Twenty-First Century Perspectives

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Surprising though it may seem to non-specialists, the current academic preoccupation with Greek and Roman maps is a recent phenomenon that barely predates the 1980s. Moreover, it stems from the work of just a handful of individuals encapsulated in a few truly seminal books. Along with these books, three of the individuals will be singled out for special mention here: Dilke, Harley and Woodward. Oswald Dilke was a classical scholar who in the course of his career held positions in several British universities, the last being the Chair of Latin at Leeds. Harley and Woodward both professors of geography and cartography, were visionaries who had identified the history of cartography as a potentially rich field woefully lacking in framework or focus. Dilke?s assessment of Roman cartography in particular was quickly called into question by several scholars, who found him prone to be credulous in identifying ?maps?.

Keywords: Harley; Oswald Dilke; Roman maps; Woodward



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