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The Resource The map of knowledge : a thousand-year history of how classical ideas were lost and found, Violet Moller

The map of knowledge : a thousand-year history of how classical ideas were lost and found, Violet Moller

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The map of knowledge : a thousand-year history of how classical ideas were lost and found
Title
The map of knowledge
Title remainder
a thousand-year history of how classical ideas were lost and found
Statement of responsibility
Violet Moller
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Language
eng
Summary
"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 centers 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 center 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 center 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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Moller, Violet
Dewey number
001.209182/2
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
AZ231
LC item number
.M65 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Learning and scholarship
  • Mediterranean Region
  • East and West
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The map of knowledge : a thousand-year history of how classical ideas were lost and found, Violet Moller
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 283-290) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
2018054987
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
xvii, 312 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780385541763
Lccn
2018054987
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps
System control number
(OCoLC)1051050439
Label
The map of knowledge : a thousand-year history of how classical ideas were lost and found, Violet Moller
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 283-290) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
2018054987
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
xvii, 312 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780385541763
Lccn
2018054987
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps
System control number
(OCoLC)1051050439

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