The World's Largest Public Domain Media Search Engine
Map of the world: the people of the earth

Map of the world: the people of the earth

description

Summary

During the Medieval period, European maps were dominated by religious views. All maps were, of course, drawn and illuminated by hand, which made the distribution of maps extremely limited. Medieval geography divided the world into three schematic parts: Asia, Europe, and Africa. Asia was depicted on top as the birthplace of Christ and the original site of the Garden of Eden. A T-O map (orbis terrarum, orb or circle of the lands; with the letter T inside an O), also known as an Isidoran map, is a type of early world map that represents the physical world as first described by the 7th-century scholar Isidore of Seville in his De Natura Rerum and later his Etymologiae. In this map format, Jerusalem was depicted at the center and east was oriented toward the map top. The design had great religious significance, with the “T” representing the central Christian symbol of the cross and placing Jerusalem at the center of the world. The “T” also separated the continents of the known world—Asia, Europe, and Africa—and the “O” that enclosed the entire image, represented the medieval idea of the world surrounded by water.

date_range

Date

1512
place

Location

netherlands
create

Source

National Library of the Netherlands
copyright

Copyright info

Public Domain Marked

Explore more

map
map
world
world
people
people
earth
earth
national library of netherlands
national library of netherlands
medieval manuscript
medieval manuscript
medieval
medieval
manuscripts
manuscripts