Browse the Map Archive The art and history of cartography, aka mapmaking, goes back to ancient times. Or at least what they thought it could look like. Our English word map derives from the Latin word mappa, meaning napkin or cloth on which maps were drawn. The Map Archive This map collection is indexed chronologically and by continent. Some Map History and Trivia This little gem is a world map compiled around 700 to 500 BC by the ancient Babylonians: Babylonian World Map British Museum London See more details about this ancient map provided by the British Museum. And here is Herodotus' Map of the World. MAP OF THE WORLD — HERODOTUS Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Comparing drawings from several lunar eclipses, Aristotle observed that Earth cast always a circular shadow on the moon, no matter the moon's trajectory. By 150 BC, the philosopher Crates had fashioned a globe, and others followed. Martin Behaim's 1492 Globe is the Oldest One in Existence More from the More History
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Periodis Web - Maps to be Used for the History of EuropePeriodis Web - A Historical Atlas and Gazetteer of Europe from Year 1 to 2000 Europe in Year 2000 Europe in Year 1900 Europe in Year 1800 Europe in Year 1700 Europe in Year 1600 Europe in Year 1500 Europe in Year 1400 Europe in Year 1300 Europe in Year 1200 Europe in Year 1100 Europe in Year 1000 Europe in Year 900 Europe in Year 800 Europe in Year 700 Europe in Year 600 Europe in Year 500 Europe in Year 400 Europe in Year 300 Europe in Year 200 Europe in Year 100 Europe in Year 1 Detailed Regional Periodis Maps The Aegean Area The Apennine Peninsula The Iberian Peninsula Between Oder and Dnieper Between Pyrenees and Rhine Between Rhine and Oder Between Rhine and Rhône Sequential maps on the same base map of Europe and the Near East, which are facilitating comparison Euratlas Periodis Web shows the history of Europe through a sequence of 21 historical maps, every map depicting the political situation at the end of each century. Moreover, each map offers a historical gazetteer.
Victorian London in Incredible DetailHere’s a real treat. The National Library of Scotland’s Map Department, supported by David Rumsey, have taken some very high-resolution scans of the Ordnance Survey 1:1056 (that’s 60 inches to the mile!) set of 500+ maps of London issued between 1893 and 1896 and, crucially, reorientated and stitched them together, so that they can be presented seamlessly (using OpenLayers) on top of a “standard” Google web map or OpenStreetMap, with the base map acting as a modern context. The detail in these maps is breathtaking. In the above extract (direct link) of the eastern end of Fleet Street, you can see each individual alleyway. Much of London has of course changed in the intervening 120 years. Here are the individual towers, rooms and staircases, in part of the Tower of London: Here’s University College London’s main building – with internal stairways, rooms and even wall thicknesses visible. While many areas are largely unchanged from 120 years ago, some places are distinctively different.
Ancient World HistoryTimelines of History, Today in History, World HistoryThe Perfect 22-Foot Map for Your Ancient Roman Road TripA close-up of the Tabula Peutingeriana. (Photo: Public Domain/WikiCommons) If you’re planning a road trip in ancient Rome, you'll need two things: a time machine, and the Tabula Peutingeriana. Also known as the “Peutinger Map,” the Tabula illustrates the complex road networks of the Roman Empire. This segment includes the boot of Italy, the Mediterranean Sea, and what's now southern Tunisia and Tripolitania. Given the size of the Roman Empire at its height, your ancient road trip could start in Europe and have stops in North Africa, the Middle East, and parts of Asia. If Atlas Obscura existed in ancient Rome, we'd probably recommend that you check out the mountain views by the Tarento resupply station or the excellent foot courier treatment along the Coriello coast. The full expanse of map, all 6.75 meters of it. The public roads, or cursus publicus, marked on the Tabula Peutingeriana were built in the first century under Emperor Augustus to improve imperial communication.
Medieval Castle History, Design of Medieval Castles, Haunted Castles: www.medieval-castle.comEnglish Dissenters: RantersRanters embraced the general concept of the "indwelling spirit", a form of religious perfection. Whatever was done in the Spirit was considered justifiable to a Ranter. Man was therefore free of Sin and the Laws of Moses. As with others nonconformists during this period, the very nature of religion was being called into question. Outward forms of religion were rejected. Contemporaries of the period often compared the Ranters and the Quakers as being cut from the same bolt of cloth. Ranters and some Quakers of the period were known to cavort in the all together. Nudity in all its forms was considered a major societal taboo during the period. The Adamites of the early 1640's were often stereotyped in the nude. , [fl. 1650-1652] was a prominent Ranter leader. , or better known as was also a prominent radical of the period. , a companion of Clarkson, and who like Clarkson was imprisoned for acts against the public welfare, and for his own radical writings. Primary Sources [Anon.] [Anon.]
A sneak preview of 3D Imaging at the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education | Osher Map LibraryMoving forward into the future of digitizing our cultural heritage, OML’s Digital Imaging Center is engaged in an innovative project to three-dimensionally image the library’s rare globe collection, the second-largest of its kind in a U.S. public institution. Generous grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Friends of the Osher Map Library support the conservation, and subsequent 3D imaging, of the collection's most threatened or valuable items. Digitization will make it possible for students and members of the public to manipulate and examine the rare globes online, preventing potential handling damage to these delicate objects. E-Commerce meets Cultural Heritage The commercial company, Ortery, provided the equipment and software used to three-dimensionally image the globes. Ortery’s technology enables the photographer to capture an object from almost every angle, building a three-dimensional digital model. Digitizing globes at the Osher Map Library Post-Production