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One of the most important travel aids of the early modern period, which contributed to making Europe better and more clearly connected, was the itinerary, a description of a particular route including information specifically useful for following it alone. The term comes from the Latin itinerarium (“account of a journey”). In antiquity and the Middle Ages, itineraries were only available to select groups of people (e.g. those on military or political business). The best-known example in map form is the ancient Tabula Peutingeriana. The rising demands of communication in the ear…

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Didczuneit, Veit, “Itinerary”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 04 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_021542>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190124

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