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Mosaics of Knowledge: Representing Information in the Roman World

Andrew Riggsby


The book examines the invention, use, and diffusion of ancient Roman information technologies. In particular, it looks at technologies defined in conceptual terms—lists, tables, weights and measures, perspective and related artistic devices, and cartography—rather than mechanical ones (e.g., “tablet” or “scroll”). Each is viewed from both social and cognitive perspectives, as well as with attention to the interaction between the conceptual and its material instantiation. The study is particularly focused on the most powerful technologies, whose uptakes are in most cases sporadic across time, s ... More

Keywords: Rome, lists, tables, weights and measures, perspective, cartography, information technology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190632502
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190632502.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Riggsby, author
Lucy Shoe Meritt Professor in Classics, University of Texas