By Denis Cosgrove
Winner of the organization of yankee Publishers specialist and Scholarly Publishing Award in Geography & Earth Sciences
"Earthbound people are not able to include greater than a tiny a part of the planetary floor. yet of their mind's eye they could snatch the total of the earth, as a floor or an excellent physique, to find it inside infinities of area and to speak and percentage photos of it."—from the Preface
Long ahead of we had the power to photo the earth from space—to see our planet because it will be noticeable by means of the Greek god Apollo—images of the earth as a globe had captured renowned mind's eye. In Apollo's Eye, geographer Denis Cosgrove examines the historic implications for the West of conceiving and representing the earth as a globe: a unified, round physique. Cosgrove strains how rules of globalism and globalization have shifted traditionally with regards to altering photographs of the earth, from antiquity to the gap Age. He connects the evolving photo of a unified globe to politically robust conceptions of human harmony.
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As the sky is divided into two zones on the right hand, and two on the left, with a ﬁfth in between, hotter than any of the rest, so the world which the sky encloses was marked oﬀ in the same way, thanks to the providence of the god: he imposed the same number of zones on earth as there are in the heavens. ”¹⁶ A harmonious sphere thus awaits the appearance of humans, creatures of earthly elements but seeded by gods, their divine right to mastery “over all the rest” signiﬁed by their upright stature and intelligence.
Settled at earth’s ends, apart from men . . ¹² The past is thus present at the furthest edges of space: heroic destinies press to terrestrial peripheries; heroes are immortalized in the heavenly constellations, while earlier mortals are buried in the depths of the earth. Homer gives a landscape expression to the imagined cosmic order in book of the Iliad, in his image of Achilles’ shield (Fig. ). The work of the divine artiﬁcer, Hephaestus, its embossed center is decorated thus: There shone the image of the master mind.
Images and ideas of the globe and the earth as an integrated totality, developed over the course of European expansion, have both shaped and been shaped by the actuality of a globalized world. ³⁵ Thus, as the landscapes of imperial cities reveal, ome most dramatically, centers always have to be constructed, continuously remade in the imagination and actually to express the global spatialities of caesars, popes, and imperial states. Global models and cartographic and pictorial images have been patent and potent tools in these globalization processes.