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Geography
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I. History of the Discipline – II. Church History

I. History of the Discipline

Geography has come a long way from its beginnings in the mythical worldview (ANE creation accounts, early Greek philosophical speculation) and in the pragmatic exploration of the world (travel reports of merchants) to its development as an exact science. In antiquity, it was understood as a comprehensive lore of the earth and its inhabitants. The earliest accounts took the form of descriptions of coasts (Periplus et a…

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Köpf, Ulrich, “Geography”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_08411>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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