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Number: 1287
Continent: Africa
Region: Continent
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Year of Origin: 1528
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Language: Latin
Publish Origin: Venice
Height: 6.3
Width: 6.3
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Size Class.: Small
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Cartographer: Ambrosius Aurelius Theodosius Macrobius
Engraver: Andreas Asulanus
Publisher: Aldus Manutius
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Notes: From Book #2135, the scarce 1528 Aldine press edition of "Macrobii (Expositio) in Somnium Scipionis ex Ciceronis. VI Libro De Rep. Eruditissima Explanatio." (Commentary on the Dream of Scipio by Cicero), a Neoplatonic work written by Ambrosius Macrobius originally in the 5th century. a rare woodcut map of the world that was prepared by Andreas Asulanus, and used only for this edition of Macrobius. The map is characteristic of the later medieval versions of the Macrobian world-picture. It depicts the spherical world with wind heads in each corner. Macrobius' geographic concept of the world shows the inhabited world north of the Equator balanced by a southern continent (Temperata Antipodum Nobis Incognita) and divided from it by a large ocean. Macrobius further divided the earth into climate zones, three of which were considered uninhabitable: two at the poles, which were too cold to support life, and one at the Equator, which was too hot. It was this notion of antipodean balance and landmass equivalence that continued to attract medieval minds to the otherwise outmoded geographical ideas. Macrobius was a follower of the Neoplatonists, philosophers originating in Alexandria around the third century.
Last updated: May 23, 2007