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Arabia according to Ptolemy (circa 150 A.D.)
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Arabia according to Ptolemy — his sixth Asian sheet — is reduced from the original compilation by A. Sprenger (Die Alte Geographie Arabiens, Bern 1875). This version reproduces precisely the original of Ptolemy, unlike the many manuscript and printed versions which are usually roughly copied at several removes from an original which may itself have been inaccurately plotted. Ptolemy himself appreciated the danger and intended that his work be handed down in the form of lists of co-ordinates which could be re-plotted with precision at any time.

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Kennedy, Hugh, “Arabia according to Ptolemy (circa 150 A.D.)”, in: Historical Atlas of Islam, Edited by: Hugh Kennedy. Consulted online on 06 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_hai_HAI_15AB>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004122352, 20011210

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