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Ancient Maps( before 855 -bc Upside Down ??!)

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« on: September 20, 2007, 12:40:46 am »

Blue Hue, I've read a couple of times where you said the Nile was horizontal but at that time, I did not understand what you were saying, as you gave so much information, my mind boggled.  Now I see this map and I'm wondering how Herodotus would know of a "fish eye"  view.  Even in that view, the Nile would not be running horizontal.  It might look like it was curved upwards on the outer edges, but it wouldn't totally change direction.  Even the Caspian Sea is not shaped right, and it hasn't changed shape since that time.  Herodotus knew that snow in the mountains to the south, fed the Nile river and that the river ran north. 

I have no idea what was happening with this map back then, but I doubt Herodotus expected people hundreds of years later to take it as gospel geography.  Maybe he was just doodling on a napkin or something and someone decided to copy it.  Who knows.  Maybe it was a different Herodotus that drew it and it got mixed up.  I say this because as I said earlier, Herodotus the Historian, knew a lot, travelled a lot, and talked to a lot of people, including the Phoenicians.  Mariners, who told them they had sailed around Africa.  They would I'm sure, have told the story in great detail, and they would have mentioned how long it took besides telling him where the sun was.  Whatever the purpose of this map, it's certainly not something I'd see an educated man like Herodotus drawing up.  Maybe he was playing "treasure hunt" with the kids or something.
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