Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The Peutinger Map online


The Tabula Peutingeriana or Peutinger Map is a thirteenth-century reproduction of one of the wonders of Roman geographical scholarship, a map showing the world from Morocco, Spain and Thule (?) in the West to India and Sri Lanka in the East. The most remarkable part is the depiction of the main roads of the empire.

There are a number of reproductions of the Peutinger Map (including a decent one at Wikipedia) but now there is one really worth talking up: a "on-line real-size zoomable version" of the map at the Euratlas site. Go right over there and play with it.

The Euratlas site has all sorts of other useful maps, many of them historical, and a free membership gives you the ability to download some great stuff.

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