The world through the eyes of ancient authors
(1,555 words)

Information about cartography in the Graeco-Roman world has come down to us from a number of ancient writers, but there are only a few rare cases of actual maps surviving, and even those have only been preserved in fragmentary form.

In the present context the ongoing debate about the scope and purpose of these maps will have to be be put aside, as the focus is on the geo…

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Olshausen, E., “The world through the eyes of ancient authors”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 3 : Historical Atlas of the Ancient World, Edited by: Anne-Maria Wittke, Eckart Olshausen, Richard Szydlak, in collaboration with: Vera Sauer and other specialists. Consulted online on 21 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004167834, 20091241

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