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Maps In Context: Isidore, Orosius, And The Medieval Image Of The World

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This chapter concentrates on the question of Isidorian and Orosian map models. Woodward classified a number of early medieval world maps in his first category of ?Tripartite Maps? as either ?Isidorian? (schematic) or ?Orosian? (non-schematic). The works of Isidore and Orosius, two great authors of late antiquity, were widely available in the Middle Ages and provided the basis of numerous geographical texts as well as maps. The De Natura Rerum of Isidore was nicknamed Liber Rotarum because of the collection of circular diagrams that accompanied it. Paulus Orosius was born in Spain and traveled to Africa and the Holy Land, where he met Augustine and Jerome. His text is rich in names for bodies of water, such as the gulfs of the Mediterranean Sea. Woodward describes ?Orosian? maps as closer to the Greco-Roman than the Christian tradition, characterized by an emphasis on the Mediterranean basin, and having ?undulating coastlines.?.

Keywords: Isidorian; medieval world map; Paulus Orosius



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