REAL asked in Science & MathematicsGeography · 5 months ago

# Who invented the terms east, west, south and north to indicate different directions, though as globe these directions are irrelevant?

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• Anonymous
3 months ago

Source(s): Women wear headscarves tied at the front to prevent headaches from sky pushing down and to prevent throat cancer. Mega-tsunami for New York will be 400 meters; then engulfed-in-lava Los Angeles will be flooded too; also, asteroid destroys Gulf of Mexico; only Alaska, Eurasia, and Africa remain (obviously without coasts). 1st big earthquake in Russia; 2nd bigger one in China (will be split in half; radiation!); 3rd biggest will be in the USA (Greek Orthodox monk Elidiy from Africa); forgive me.
• 5 months ago

It goes as far back as the Roman Empire , aand maybe even further back into history .

North (Boreal)

South (Austral)

East (Oriental)

West (Occidental)

• John P
Lv 7
5 months agoReport

People in Europe ((Greeks, Romans etc) and, probably earlier, in the Middle East - in Persia (now Iran) etc.

• Andrew
Lv 7
5 months ago

Why would the four cardinal points on the compass be irrelevant on a globe? They can be applied to a flat surface, but they work very well on a globe as well. In fact, the only situation that causes problems is when a person has traveled as far north or as far south as it's possible to go. Then, no matter which direction is taken the person is either going south or north, depending on where in the world that person happens to be. But these problems are alleviated by the fact that there aren't just 4 directions on the compass. A compass itself is circular and the points are meant to be read in a 360 degree circle. Between North and East for example, we have Northeast. Between South and East, we have Southeast. So in that sense, we have 4 cardinal points on the compass (North, South, East, West), and another 4 secondary compass points (Northeast, Southeast, Northwest, Southwest.) Between them, we can keep our bearings straight when working from a globe or a flat map. People of every language and culture have their own words for the points of the compass, but they've all based their concept of direction on the same phenomena - the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. Over the course of a year, the position of the sun at sunrise and sunset changes slightly. This is where we got the idea to adopt a system based on the concept of there being 4 cardinal points.

• 5 months ago

It does not matter if earth is a globe, the directions still apply as they are not set areas, they are directions, AKA a vector to indicate which way you should move in relationship to where you are now. It was invented by the Babylonians. They used a Base 60 numbering system thus we have 60 minutes in an hour, 60 seconds in a minute. We also have 360 degrees in a circle, which is broken down into minutes and seconds too. It was too complicated to give the number for the direction so for the main four directions they gave names. Then for even points between them you give both names (north-east, south-west) It is further broken down to points between a cardinal direction and the half way point. (North north-east, east south east.) That gives you accuracy down to 22.5 degrees. Which is kind of funny because the tilt of the earth is 23.5 degrees. Close enough for government work. It was much, MUCH later that we started describing AREAS by using directional words. So you have the EAST part of the USA, the WEST. South Dakota, North Carolina. It all works and the fact the earth is a globe does not confuse anyone, except perhaps you.