Chorography (from khŏros; "place" + -graphein, "writing") is a term deriving from the writings of the ancient geographer Ptolemy. In his text of the Geographia (second century CE), Ptolemy writes that geography is the study of the entire world or large sections or countries of it, while chorography is the study of its smaller parts--provinces, regions, cities, or ports. Ptolemy implicitly would include the making of views (not simply maps of small regions) in this category, since he claims that chorography requires the skills of a draftsman or artist rather than those of a scientist, which are needed for the practice of geography.
The term chorography fell out of use in the Renaissance as city views and maps became more and more sophisticated and required a set of skills that required not only skilled draftsmanship but also some knowledge of scientific surveying.
chorography in Catalan: Corografia
chorography in Czech: Chorografie
chorography in Japanese: 地誌
chorography in Chinese: 地方志
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