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Cosmography and Exploration

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Author(s): Mund-Dopchie, Monique
Introduction ¶ In the Western imagination, the century of the Great Discoveries is spontaneously and durably associated with the reconnaissance of the coasts of Africa by Portuguese sailors, the colonis…

Latin Translations of Place Names Unknown in the Ancient World

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Author(s): Mund-Dopchie, Monique
¶ If there is a challenge which Latin geographic texts of the Renaissance have unfailingly confronted, it is that of the integration of new toponyms in travel narratives, in the cosmographies and in ch…

Borrowings from Ancient Geography: Transmission or Treason

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Author(s): Mund-Dopchie, Monique
¶ The geography of the ancients is a cultural asset from which the geographers of the Renaissance drew ample material when describing the Discoveries which expanded their representations of the earth. …

Latin Vocabulary for New World Phenomena

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Author(s): Mund-Dopchie, Monique
¶ Writing about ‘elsewhere’ entails oscillations between two extremes: bringing back the Other to Oneself, or giving evidence of radical otherness. Methods of writing that correspond to such opposed de…

Latin Travel Journals and Guidebooks

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Author(s): Mund-Dopchie, Monique
¶ Few Latin travel narratives were published during the Renaissance in comparison with vernacular ones.1 They fall into three categories: 1) Narratives written directly in Latin. One example is that of the English scholar…