Master cartography and mythical creatures – the world according to the Catalan Atlas | Aeon Videos


The journey from textual descriptions and valiant guesses to the exceptionally accurate maps of today was a millennia-long enterprise of small steps. However, as the US graphic designer and video producer Jeremy Shuback explores in this brief history of mapmaking, the endeavour took a somewhat giant leap with the project that would later become known as the Catalan Atlas (1375). The ambitious project, which was assembled mostly by Jewish cartographers, combined the mapmaking expertise of the Muslim world and the nautical prowess of the Christian world. […]

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1 Response to Master cartography and mythical creatures – the world according to the Catalan Atlas | Aeon Videos

  1. I love old maps! The Catalan atlas sounds like a cooperation of Muslims, Jews and Christians … 😉
    I like that he also showed (very short) late Terry Pratchett’s world model, the disc world, carried on the back of three elefants, standing on the space turtle A’tuin, drifting through space. 🙂

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