Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Maps of Byzantium

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When the western Roman Empire dissolved, the Eastern portion survived, its boundaries growing and shrinking as it conquered and lost territory over the centuries. It had a sometimes subtle but always undeniable effect on western Europe throughout the Middle Ages until the fall of Constantinople to the Turks in 1453.

The Medieval Atlas is a directory of maps, charts, geographic drawings and illustrations, illuminations, and other cartographic representations of the world in general, and the geography of Europe in particular, during the Middle Ages. Both historical maps and period or "antique" maps are included.
The directory links to maps on the web as well as to maps right here at the Medieval History site. Many maps are in the public domain and may be downloaded and used freely; however, please check each individual page for copyright notices and any terms of use for the map it displays.

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