Ancient Roman map available online

The Peutingerian Map, thought to be the oldest surviving road map in the world, is now available for study on the Internet through collaboration between the Austrian National Library and Christos Nüssli of Euratlas.com.

The Tabula Peutingeriana was inherited from a friend by Konrad Peutinger around 1500 C.E.. It had been made from copies of the fourth century C.E. Roman originals. Unlike modern road maps, it makes no attempt to present geography in accurate scale, but rather shows the distances between landmarks in a schematic form that is more comparable to a modern subway or transit line chart than a typical road atlas.

The map stretches from west to east on eleven sections of parchment, with an overall size of 680 cm wide by 33 cm high.

The Euratlas web site presents a modern Europe/Asia map indicating the coverage of each section, with clickable links to the scanned parchment sections. Many of the Latin and medieval place names are translated to their modern equivalents in a table that accompanies each map view.

Thanks to Samia al-Kaslaania for posting the link on the SCA-Byzantine e-mail list.

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