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Unformatted text preview: Subject: History 151 Date: November 10, 2010 Whither politics?- Some new textual finds Ptolemy, the 2 nd century-geographer/astronomer/ mathematician who worked at the library of Alexandria, had one of his greatest text- On Geography- translated from Greek to Latinin 1406. It became the Da Vinci Code of the 15 th c! The must-have book. 1406? It was part of the Renaissance 1482 German edn. Of Ptolemys On Geography Contemporary woodcut: Columbuss landing (1492) European expansiveness at what cost?-Disease, attempted eradication of New World paganism, slavery, and ruthless economic exploitation (esp. at the silver mines of Potosi in todays Bolivia) probably made many American Idians wonder what was so great about the European Renaissance.-Ultimately even many Europeans would recoil in horror (e.g., Bartolome de las Casas and Michel de Montaigne). Another earth-shaking find in 1457-The humanist scholar Lorenzo Valla, in the employ of the king of Naples, found that the so-...
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