Apollo's Eye: A Cartographic Genealogy of the Earth in the by Denis Cosgrove

By Denis Cosgrove

"Earthbound people are not able to embody greater than a tiny a part of the planetary floor. yet of their mind's eye they could seize the complete of the earth, as a floor or an outstanding physique, to find it inside infinities of house and to speak and proportion photos of it."―from the Preface

lengthy ahead of we had the facility to picture the earth from space―to see our planet because it will be obvious by way of the Greek god Apollo―images of the earth as a globe had captured renowned mind's eye. In Apollo's Eye, geographer Denis Cosgrove examines the ancient implications for the West of conceiving and representing the earth as a globe: a unified, round physique. Cosgrove lines how principles of globalism and globalization have shifted traditionally with regards to altering photos of the earth, from antiquity to the gap Age. He connects the evolving photograph of a unified globe to politically robust conceptions of human unity.

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E. and quickened from the fifth. This was driven as much by desire for land as by desire for military conquest and commerce. In Sicily and southern Italy, in the Black Sea and Egypt, settlements were established whereby Greek civilization was spatially transferred to a new land. The Latin colonia is a direct translation of this Greek word, maintaining its close association with dwelling. Greek colonies such as Syracuse in Sicily or Neapolis on the coast of Italy were modeled on the polis: autonomous and self-governing.

Ortelius’s world map is titled Typus orbis terrarum. To place such words within an elaborate cartouche in which they emerge from surrounding clouds, accompanied by personified wind heads at the cardinal points, establishes a relationship between the image and the rhetoric of imperial ome, just as captioning the  NASA globe photograph “Spaceship Earth” makes a connection to ideas of mission and isolation current in American culture of the mid-twentieth century. Within terraqueous space itself meaning can be similarly elaborated.

The very openness of the ascriptions in such schemas of course invites contestation of ascribed status. ” It goes without saying that the categorizers consistently rank themselves at the top of such hierarchies. And the fiercest challenge to such confining schemas of “humanity” has come from globalizing and leveling tendencies within the 25 26 APOLLO’S EYE same philosophical tradition. Formally, slaves in the ancient world were excluded from full human status because they owned no property, not even their own bodies.

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