Taprobana: Classical Knowledge of an Island in the Opposite-Earth

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Indonesia Hydro Media, 27 Mar 2019 - 82 halaman

Taprobana is the historical name for an island of the Antichthones (“opposite-world”), in the Eastern Sea, described by some Roman classic writers. Claudius Ptolemy described Taprobana in his Geographia, written about 150 CE, a relatively large island south of continental Asia and straddling the equator. Ptolemy also supplies a mass of information, including its coasts, the names of the headlands, rivers and seaport towns, the names of many cities and tribes in the interior, with coordinates.

 

There have been primary subject of debates over Taprobana. Each succeeding generation has read vague descriptions of the island left by their predecessors, and wrangled over what their predecessors really meant. Some scholars consider it to be a wild misinterpretation of any one of several islands, including Sumatera and Sri Lanka. In the end, it is impossible to assign a single place with all of the qualities that have been labeled with the name Taprobana over the ages.

 

After gathering abundance evidence, the author finally proofs that Taprobana is actually the Kalimantan Island (English: Borneo), an island at the geographic center of Maritime Southeast Asia. 

 

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Dhani Irwanto is a hydro civil engineer and better known as a planner and an expert in hydrology, hydraulic structures, dams and hydropower, the profession involving inter-disciplinary that has lived for more than three decades. Apart from his professional life, he is also a researcher of the history of nations and civilizations, encouraged by the environment, social life, culture and traditions in the region where he grew up. His strong present in the internet has made him well known for his ideas on pre-history and ancient civilizations.

Dhani Irwanto is the author of the books Atlantis: The Lost City is in Java Sea (2015), Atlantis: Kota yang Hilang Ada di Laut Jawa (2016), Sundaland: Tracing the Cradle of Civilizations (2019), Land of Punt: In Search of the Divine Land of the Egyptians (2019) and Taprobana: Classical Knowledge of an Island in the Opposite-Earth (2019). 

Dhani Irwanto was born in Yogyakarta, Indonesia in 1962. He is currently an owner and director of a consulting firm located in Bogor, West Java, Indonesia. 


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