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The Resource The map of knowledge : how classical ideas were lost and found, a history in seven cities, Violet Moller

The map of knowledge : how classical ideas were lost and found, a history in seven cities, Violet Moller

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The map of knowledge : how classical ideas were lost and found, a history in seven cities
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The map of knowledge
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how classical ideas were lost and found, a history in seven cities
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Violet Moller
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eng
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The foundations of modern knowledge--philosophy, math, astronomy, geography--were laid by the Greeks, whose ideas were written on scrolls and stored in libraries across the Mediterranean and beyond. But as the vast Roman Empire disintegrated, so did appreciation of these precious texts. Christianity cast a shadow over so-called pagan thought, books were burned, and the library of Alexandria, the greatest repository of classical knowledge, was destroyed. Yet some texts did survive and The Map of Knowledge explores the role played by seven cities around the Mediterranean--rare centres of knowledge in a dark world, where scholars supported by enlightened heads of state collected, translated and shared manuscripts. In 8th century Baghdad, Arab discoveries augmented Greek learning. Exchange within the thriving Muslim world brought that knowledge to Cordoba, Spain. Toledo became a famous centre of translation from Arabic into Latin, a portal through which Greek and Arab ideas reached Western Europe. Salerno, on the Italian coast, was the great centre of medical studies, and Sicily, ancient colony of the Greeks, was one of the few places in the West to retain contact with Greek culture and language. Scholars in these cities helped classical ideas make their way to Venice in the 15th century, where printers thrived and the Renaissance took root. The Map of Knowledge follows three key texts--Euclid's Elements, Ptolemy's The Almagest, and Galen's writings on medicine--on a perilous journey driven by insatiable curiosity about the world
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Traces the historical survival of three crucial manuscripts that scholars in seven major intellectual cities around the Mediterranean preserved from Dark Age destruction after the fall of Rome, including Euclid's Elements, Ptolemy's The Almagest and Galen's writings on medicine
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Moller, Violet
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909
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  • illustrations
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index present
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non fiction
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  • Euclid
  • Galen
  • Ptolemy
  • Learning and scholarship
  • East and West
  • Mediterranean Region
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adult
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a thousand-year history of how classical ideas were lost and found
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The map of knowledge : how classical ideas were lost and found, a history in seven cities, Violet Moller
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 294-302) and index
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000065051104
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24 cm.
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xvii, 330, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
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regular print reproduction
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9781509829606
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(hardback)
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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illustrations (black and white, and colour), maps, plates
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(OCoLC)1046547857
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The map of knowledge : how classical ideas were lost and found, a history in seven cities, Violet Moller
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 294-302) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000065051104
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xvii, 330, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781509829606
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (black and white, and colour), maps, plates
System control number
(OCoLC)1046547857

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