Notes on the Knowledge of Latitudes and Longitudes in the Middle Ages

  title={Notes on the Knowledge of Latitudes and Longitudes in the Middle Ages},
  author={J. Wright},
  pages={75 - 98}
The Greeks were interested in geographical latitudes and longitudes from the point of view of pure science. They certainly had no conception of the immense range of practical uses to which a more complex civilization might put the exact knowledge of positions on the earth's surface. In the schools of the Hellenistic age men of science devoted themselves to the solution of problems of mathematical geography and made progress toward the construction of an accurate map of the world (1… Expand
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