New online atlases by Claudius Ptolemy (1525 and 1584)

Now available on the NLS website:

New online atlases by Claudius Ptolemy (1525 and 1584)

We’ve recently put two atlases online, deriving from the work of Claudius Ptolemy in the 2nd century AD. Ptolemy’s Geography was a synthesis of Greek scientific and geographic thought, and its re-discovery and printing in Western Europe in the 15th century had a catalytic effect on Renaissance cartography. The Geography provides both a description of methods for mapping the known world and an extensive table of known places and their geographical locations based on the Ptolemaic system. Read further information about Claudius Ptolemy and the Geography, or search the atlas plates using a map.   map

View copies of Ptolemy’s Geography:

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