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By Denis Cosgrove

"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 clutch the total of the earth, as a floor or a fantastic physique, to find it inside infinities of house and to speak and percentage photos of it."―from the Preface

lengthy ahead of we had the power to photo the earth from space―to see our planet because it will be visible through the Greek god Apollo―images of the earth as a globe had captured well known mind's eye. In Apollo's Eye, geographer Denis Cosgrove examines the old implications for the West of conceiving and representing the earth as a globe: a unified, round physique. Cosgrove lines how rules of globalism and globalization have shifted traditionally when it comes to altering photos of the earth, from antiquity to the distance Age. He connects the evolving photo of a unified globe to politically strong conceptions of human unity.

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But the dialectic of detachment and engagement is as phenomenological as it is historical. Seeing the globe and sensing the earth have both shaped and been shaped by the Western imperial and colonial project of making the modern world. Eurocentrism itself indicates that the imaginative experience of the local has shaped the meanings of the global. Global Empire, Colony, and Humanity Both historical and geographical knowledge of global space in the contemporary West represent the outcome of a continuous reworking of sources.

Creation Myths and Spatial Order egular motion of the heavenly bodies and the circularity of the cosmos, if not the sphericity of Earth, were studied by the ancient Sumerian, Persian, Egyptian, Babylonian, and Greek cultures. ⁹ In Hesiod, for example, a complex series of couplings produces the principal elements of the visible universe: Chaos was born first and after her came Gaia the broad breasted, the firm seat of all the immortals. . Chaos gave birth to Erebos and black Night; then Erebos mated with Night and made her pregnant and she in turn gave birth to Ether and day.

And inherent in Christianity is a missionary imperative: to spread the supposed benefits of redemption to all peoples. The recurring question raised by this imperative concerns the limits of humanity, that is, of souls capable of salvation. Western conceptions of what it means to be human represent a sustained dialogue with Greek thought, especially its emphasis on reason and logic as defining qualities of free men—Apollonian gifts, often themselves symbolized by the paradigmatic compass measuring the global sphere.

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