Euratlas-Info 34
February 2011

Where is this lion?

The detailed historical map of Europe in 1800 AD is ready now for the Euratlas-Info subscribers.
As usual, the map was drawn with Euratlas Periodis Expert and the series will continue, at each Euratlas-Info issue.

Europe 1800
Dr. Richard Talbert, Professor of History and Classics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, editor of the Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World, unique reference book on ancient geography, is a specialist of the Tabula Peutingeriana. In 2010, he published Rome's World: The Peutinger Map Reconsidered, a work that offers a complete appreciation of the map: its discovery in the XVth century, its passing down, the numerous publication attempts, its probable origin and an interpretation about its conception and about the real aim of the lost original.
Actually Rome's World, refers to the most reliable and comprehensive online version of the Tabula Peutingeriana. The database of the map is hosted by Cambridge University Press and allows to:
  • view all the names with the corresponding detail of the original and their transcription, by segment or by alphabetical list,
  • view all the names and notices in red on the original,
  • view all the illegible features of the original, and a lot of other information too.
It is also possible to display all the features of the original map listed by categories (isolated names, named symbols, islands, mountains, peoples etc.) or by symbol types (twin towers, rectangular buildings, walled cities etc.) These data are accompanied by an exhaustive bibliography and are correlated to those of the Barrington Atlas.
Moreover, the Peutinger Map can be read as a seamless whole in real size with a dedicated Map Viewer at (click "here"on line 9) and it is also possible to highlight the chosen features (rivers, mountains, roads etc.), as well as the cross-references to the database.

Rome's World

Peutinger Map Names and Features

Peutinger map: seamless whole, in color, with overlaid layers

Peutinger map: seamless whole, in color, with overlaid layers
With the help of Dolia from Bulgaria, Fahri, Yagoob, Azer, Ali, Javid and Ruslan from Azerbaijan, we have been able to add new countries in the Europe Photos section. Thus it is possible now to have an overview of Bulgaria, Azerbaijan and of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
Europe Atlas
Gapminder is an information vizualisation software but above all, it is a Swedish Foundation created by the Rosling family in 2005, and whose aim is to build a fact-based worldview liberated from the fashionable myths and urban legends. Dr Hans Rosling has collected a wide amount of solid data about world health and wealth, among others, and thus, you can watch, for instance, a video showing the evolution of average life expectancy and average income (GDP per capita) in the world for the last 200 years. You'll notice that in 1811, no country in the world had a life expectancy above 41, while today, no country has a life expectancy below 44.
The Gapminder vizualisation software allows to play with these same data and you can even download it on your computer.


We are preparing an online version of Hisatlas.
In the meantime, we wish you a nice Spring.

Euratlas - C. Nüssli, February 2011
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