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date: 19 April 2024

Peutinger Tablelocked

Peutinger Tablelocked

  • Nicholas Purcell

Extract

Peutinger Table, conventional name for a MS made at Colmar c.1200 of a late Roman world-map, itself a 4th-cent. modification of a 2nd-cent. and perhaps even earlier design. The most important document of ancient cartography (see maps), it is also a very important source for ancient topography. It represents the inhabited world from Spain and Britain (all but a fragment of which are missing) to India, though the *Mediterranean world occupies 5/6 of the whole (and Italy a third) of the scroll. The elongated form (6.82 m. long by 34 cm. high (approx. 22×1 ft.)) precludes constant scale or recognizable visual form for most land-masses and seas; but the dense and topologically correct network of roads (with posting-stations and distances) has a practical value like the *Itineraries. Major cities have pictorial images, middle-ranking ones conventional signs. Important rivers, mountains, and some other features of historical or thaumatological significance are included.

Subjects

  • Ancient Geography

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