View Full Image
Abraham Ortelius, a contemporary of William Shakespeare, created the groundbreaking atlas Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, including this map of Europe, the Mediterranean, Northern Africa, and Western Asia. These regions were heavily traveled for trade and known by reputation to educated people of Renaissance Europe. Many of Shakespeare's characters travelled from their homeland to the far corners of these regions, bringing back reports of unfamiliar and exotic cultures. These "different" societies would have held a certain allure and wonder for Shakespeare's audiences, yet at the same time implied a threat, creating an effective tension for dramatic performance. Relief shown pictorially. Text on Verso: "Europa... Europa unde hoc nomen acceperit... Appears in the author's Theatrum orbis terrarum. Antverpiae : Apud Aegid. Coppenium Diesth, 1570. Cataloging, conservation, and digitization made possible in part by The National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. Atlas scanned by Internet Archive http://archive.org/stream/theatrumorbister00orte.
|Ortelius, Abraham, 1527-1598|
|Boston Public Library|
|Apud Aegid. Coppenium Diesth Antverpiae|
|Europe--Maps--Early works to 1800|
No known copyright restrictions. No known restrictions on use.