Assignment

What can the history of Ptolemy’s Map (created in 150 CE, preserved by Arab Muslim scholars, rediscovered by Byzantine monks in 1295, used by Spanish and Portuguese explorers in the 15th and 16th centuries) tell us about the notion of technology leading to human progress? Is this idea of progress a uniquely European idea, or has it been one universally shared by intellectuals in other parts of the early modern world?

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