The Eratosthenes-Strabo Nile Map. Is it the earliest surviving instance of spherical cartography? Did it supply the 5000 stades arc for Eratosthenes' experiment?

@article{Rawlins1982TheEN,
  title={The Eratosthenes-Strabo Nile Map. Is it the earliest surviving instance of spherical cartography? Did it supply the 5000 stades arc for Eratosthenes' experiment?},
  author={Dennis Rawlins},
  journal={Archive for History of Exact Sciences},
  year={1982},
  volume={26},
  pages={211-219}
}
  • D. Rawlins
  • Published 1 September 1982
  • History
  • Archive for History of Exact Sciences
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