How the World was Imagined: Early Maps and Atlases

Depictions of the world from the Iron Age to the Age of Discovery and the emergence of modern geography during the early modern period.

(Informations and images from Wikipedia)

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Babylonian Imago Mundi (c. 600 BCE)

Anaximander (c. 610 – 546 BCE)

Hecataeus of Miletus (c. 550 – 476 BCE)

Eratosthenes (276 – 194 BCE)

Posidonius (c. 150 – 130 BCE)

Strabo (c.64 BCE – 24 CE) (See also: Strabo’s Geographica)

Pomponius Mela (c. 43 CE)

Marinus of Tyre (c. 120)

Ptolemy (c. 150) (See also: Ptolemy’s Geographia)

Tabula Peutingeriana (4th century)

Cosmas Indicopleustes’ map (6th century) (See also: Cosmas Indicopleustes’ Christian Topography)

Isidore of Sevilla’s T and O map (c. 636)

Ibn Hawqals map (10th century)

Anglo-Saxon Cotton world map (c. 1040)

Beatus of Liébana’s Mappa Mundi (1050)

Mahmud al-Kashgari’s map (1072)>

Al-Idrisi’s Tabula Rogeriana (1154)

Ebstorf Mappa Mundi (1235)

Hereford Mappa Mundi (1300)

Pietro Vesconte’s world map (1321)

Catalan World Atlas (1375)

Da Ming Hun Yi Tu world map (1389)

Kangnido world map (1402)

De Virga world map (1411-1415)

Bianco’s world map (1436)

Genoese map (1457)

Fra Mauro world map (1459)

Martellus world map (1490)

Behaim’s Erdapfel globe (1492)

Juan de la Cosa map (1500)

Cantino world map (1502)

Caverio Map (c.1505)

Ruysch World Map (1507)

Waldseemüller and Ringmann map (1507)

Piri Reis map (1513)

Pietro Coppo map (1520)

Diogo Ribeiro map (1527)

Mercator world map (1569) (See also Gerardus Mercator)

“Theatrum Orbis Terrarum” by Abraham Ortelius (1570)

“Nova totius Terrarum Orbis” by Hendrik Hondius (1630)



  1. Carlos López Tascón says

    Para los que gustan de los mapas, creo que es una fantástica colección. Interesante ver la gran presisión de mapas de la era griega y romana, naturalemnte en su aproximación plana y reducido mundo euroasiático.


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