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Illustrating the Phaenomena: Celestial cartography in Antiquity and the Middle Ages

Elly Dekker


The introduction in antiquity of the moving sphere as a model for understanding the celestial phenomena provided the momentum for making celestial globes and mapping the stars. The globe is the most deceptive of all early scientific instruments. Invented by the Greeks as a scientific instrument imitating the phenomena such as the rising of the setting of the stars and precession, it became soon used in antiquity in education to circumvent the complicated mathematics of the sphere, and by artists for decorative purposes symbolising the world at large. The globe was also the starting-point for t ... More

Keywords: antiquity, middle ages, celestial cartography, globes, celestial maps, projections, astronomy, stars, constellations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199609697
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609697.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elly Dekker, author
Independent scholar