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To Know the World: Order and Power
To know the world: Order and power
Introduction

For most of human history the ability to interpret and represent the surrounding landscape has been an urgent need and an absolute necessity. Homo sapiens have also shown a consistent desire to order their world, to find meaning in it.

The oldest literatures we have are geographies. The founding texts in what, over 2000 years later, came to be called ‘the Western canon’, are about heroes of exploration. Ulysses's ten-year trip home to Ithaca (in Homer's The Odyssey, compiled or written from the ninth century BC) and the – even older – tale of Jason's search for the Golden Fleece, are part of a continuous tradition of expressing culture through narratives of voyages ...

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