Historic Cartography (2017/2018)

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Sandra Vantini
Sandra Vantini
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Second half of Semester 2 dal Apr 23, 2018 al Jun 9, 2018.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

Course Objectives
This course aims at developing knowledge about:
-Historical evolution of cartography.
-Moderne techniques for spatial representation.
-Use of historical cartographic documents.
-Landscape analysis by cartographic documents.
By lectures and personal attendance students could:
-Look and understand antique cartographic documents and their evolution.
-Learn to distinguish in the maps the different reduction (geographic and topographic) and the different projections.
-Use the cartographic documents as a source of historical landscape analysis and how they relate to political, economic and cultural practices.


Course content
-The thematic cartography as result of historical research; the antique cartography documents as a source of historical landscape analisys and their evolution .
-The maps: representation of the Earth’s surface from Prehistoric to Roman period.
-Mappaemundi since Middle Ages to the Early Modern Period.
-The modern cartography: “ridiscovered” Ptolomeus, Mercator; the techniques for projections and mapping.
-Analysis of old documents: preliminary tool for interpretation of maps in land management.
-The maps of water management in the Veneto: old documents and their relationship to present administration.
-Antropization markers in maps by I.G.M.
- Lodovisi, Torresani 2005. Cartografia e informazione geografica.Storia e tecniche.ed. Patron, Bologna.

- Verona e il suo territorio nel Quattrocento. Studi sulla carta dell’Almagià (a cura di S. Lodi e G.M. Varanini) 2014, ed. Cierre, Verona.
- Acque di Terraferma: il Vicentino ( a cura di S. Vantini e L. Masotti) 2015, ed Marsilio, Venezia . This book will be sobstitute, only for not attending students, by Garfield.
- S. GARFIELD 2016, Sulle mappe. Il mondo come lo disegniamo ed. Ponte alle Grazie, Milano.
Non setting students are request to contact the teacher.

Assessment methods and criteria

Assessment method
Final oral assessment will verify:
-former and acquired knowledge
-language skills
-ability of connecting knowledge
-analytical and discussion skills
Evaluation is expressed in thirthiets.
Non attending students have to use the substitutive book suggested in bibliography