5th century world map

5th century world map

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Caption: 5th century world map, constructed by the late Roman philosopher Ambrosius Aurelius Theodosius Macrobius (395-423AD). The image is a copy of the original and was printed in 1550. It depicts a round Earth, following in the tradition of Ptolemy. The habitable world exists entirely in the northern hemisphere (lower centre) and is separated from the uninhabited southern hemisphere (bottom centre) by an ocean. The heads surrounding the map represent the winds of the world. In addition to his maps, Macrobius is known for his Commentary on the Dream of Scipio by Cicero.

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