Eivsdem Saturnaliorum Libri VII
Shoults Itb 1528 M
[Venice]: Aldi, et Andreae Asvlani Soceri
Above is a stylised version of Macrobius’s (5th Cent. AD) world map, which first appeared in his treatise on the cosmos, In Somnium Scipio. The image has endured through manual transcription and printing over the centuries and is thought, along with Macrobius’s writings on astronomy and geography, to have been influential on early European explorers such as Columbus. Even J. C. Beaglehole made use of the image in his introduction to Cook’s Endeavour voyage journals. The map shows the Northern Hemisphere, which includes Britain, France, Africa and India, separated from the Southern Hemisphere (Incognita) by an enormous oceanic trough.
Ambrosius A. T. Macrobius, “Eivsdem Saturnaliorum Libri VII,” ourheritage.ac.nz | OUR Heritage, accessed October 22, 2018, http://otago.ourheritage.ac.nz/items/show/6876.
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