Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Inspiration for the Artful map project: antique maps

The Artful map project due on Dec 17 uses guidelines borrowed from observations of antique maps.

Wikipedia says, The ancient Greeks and Romans created maps, beginning at latest with Anaximander in the 6th century BC.[4] In the 2nd century AD, Ptolemy produced his treatise on cartography, Geographia. [5] This contained Ptolemy's world map - the world then known to Western society (Ecumene).

As early as the 700s, Arab scholars were translating the works of the Greek geographers into Arabic.[6]

In ancient China, geographical literature spans back to the 5th century BC. The oldest extant Chinese maps come from the State of Qin, dated back to the 4th century BC, during the Warring States Period.