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Ptolemy's World

Tour of Maps

1482 - Venice

A Ptolemaic map in the style of the world map in the 1482 atlas

The division between northern and southern editions of Ptolemy’s maps was not inviolate.

For example, in the same year that the 1482 Geographia was published, a Ptolemaic map in the style of the world map in the 1482 atlas also was published in Venice in a book by Pomponius Mela, a first century Roman geographer.

The woodcut map is placed in an unusual setting. As Peter Whitfield writes, "The map is set within a Renaissance-style colonade drawn in perspective: the link between Renaissance art and Ptolemy’s geography is made explicit here" (Whitfield, 1994, 11).