Sunday, February 27, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
"Theory was the product of the attempt of scholars throughout the earlier ages to explain the world around them (and especially the unknown world) on a basis of quite limited information; myth was the result of two milleniums of romance and fairy tale, which did duty for scientific knowledge, and which had a particular attraction for the men of the Middle Ages; actuality was what men had actually seen - in this case the experiences of such figures as the Polos and their successors in areas which were either wholly unknown or else had been unvisited by Europeans since Roman times. Such was the threefold basis of geographical knowledge when the beginning of the fifteenth century ushered in the period of the great discoveries."
/Chapter 1 The Background Classical and Medieval/