Maps have been used for about 2,600 years, since the first Babylonian world map, known as the Imago Mundi, was created in the 6th century BCE.
Babylonian Imago Mundi (c. 600 BCE)
A Babylonian world map, known as the Imago Mundi, is commonly dated to the 6th century BCE. The map as reconstructed by Eckhard Unger shows...
Imago Mundi facts (c. 600 BCE)
- A Babylonian world map, known as the Imago Mundi, is commonly dated to the 6th century BCE. The map as reconstructed by Eckhard Unger shows Babylon on the Euphrates, surrounded by a circular landmass showing Assyria, Urartu and several cities, in turn surrounded by a "bitter river" (Oceanus), with seven islands arranged around it so as to form a seven-pointed star. The accompanying text mentions seven outer regions beyond the encircling ocean. The descriptions of five of them have survived:
- the third island where "the winged bird ends not his flight," i.e., cannot reach.
- the fourth island where "the light is brighter than that of sunset or stars"
- the fifth island, due north, lay in complete darkness, a land where "the sun is not visible"
- the sixth island where "a horned bull dwells and attacks newcomers"
- the seventh island lay in the east and where "the morning dawns"
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