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9 years, 9 months ago
So I came across a sentence while reading the book
On The Map:
His[Eratosthenes’] world map was drawn in about 194 BC. No contemporary version
exists, but the cartographer’s descriptions were interpreted for a
Victorian audience, and this remains the generally accepted and
widely used reproduction.
It really makes me wonder what does "a Victorian audience" mean. If the map was drawn in about 200 years BC, how could it be firstly interpreted only during the Victorian era, some 2000 years later? What does "a Victorian audience" here really mean?
Sep 3, 2013 at 22:08
It means that the interpretation was done with a certain populace (i.e. Victorian) in mind. They use vernacular and idioms particular to that time/era.
So in this case, the person that did the interpretations did so for the Victorian period, and while other translations/interpretations may exist, the named one is still the most widely accepted.
Sep 3, 2013 at 22:16
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audience would be an audience Victorian
displaying the standards or ideals of morality regarded as
characteristic of the time of Queen Victoria
This usually means
exhibiting the characteristics popularly attributed to the Victorians,
esp prudery, bigotry, or hypocrisy
Sep 4, 2013 at 7:33
Brian Hooper Brian Hooper
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A VICTORIAN SOCIETY- One of the important things you should know in a Victorian Society was good etiquette (behaviour).
Both men and women had their own rules of behaviour.
A Victorian audience would be an audience displaying the standards regarded as the characteristics of the time of Queen Victoria.
Oct 12, 2014 at 18:04
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