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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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Magna Carta for sale

There is one privately owned official copy -- that is, one issued by the English government and properly sealed -- of Magna Carta, the charter of liberties that stands at the head of the English tradition of responsible government. That copy's for sale. You probably can't afford it but you can read about it in the New York Times and examine it closely on an interactive web page.

Thanks to Scott Nokes for alerting me.

Image: the ones at the Times are better than anything I could do!

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Strange Maps

Andrew Sullivan's blog at the Atlantic alerts me to the existence of a blog called Strange Maps. Wow! It's already on my list of blogs to track.

The map above is what caught Sullivan's attention. It labels US states with the name of the country closest to it in Gross Domestic Product. Note that New Jersey is labeled as "Russia." This not only tells you that Russia is poorer than you think, but that New Jersey is richer.

Note that Saudi Arabia for all its supposedly fabulous wealth is only as rich as Tennessee.

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