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    From Internetado@21:1/5 to All on Thu Aug 23 15:23:04 2018
    “Cartography was not born full-fledged as a science or even an art,”
    wrote map historian Lloyd Brown in 1949. “It evolved slowly and
    painfully from obscure origins.” Many ancient maps made no attempt to reproduce actual geography but served as abstract visual
    representations of political or theological concepts. Written geography
    has an ancient pedigree, usually traced back to the Greeks and
    Phoenicians and the Roman historian Strabo. But the making of accurate
    visual representations of the world seemed of little interest until
    later in world history. As “mediators between an inner mental world and
    an outer physical world”—in the words of historian J.B. Harley—the maps of the ancients tended to favor the former. This is, at least, a very
    general outline of the early history of maps.[...]


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