Byzantine Copy of Ptolemy’s World Map (1420)

Byzantine Copy of Ptolemy's World Map (1420)

The Ptolemy world map is based on the description contained in Ptolemy’s book Geography, written c. 150.

Significant contributions of Ptolemy’s maps are the first use of longitudinal and latitudinal lines as well as specifying terrestrial locations by celestial observations.  The idea of a global coordinate system inspired more mathematical treatment of cartography.

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