The First Map of the Earth

  • Dirk L. Couprie
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 374)


Several sources attest that Anaximander drew a map of the earth and even that he was the first one to do so (see DK 12A1(2) and DK 12A6). His map has been lost, just like his book. Several scholars, however, have tried to reconstruct it. Studying the possibilities of such a reconstruction, I pay special attention to the astronomical implications of drawing a map when one thinks, like Anaximander, that the earth is flat. In Chap. 8, the shape of the earth according to Anaximander will be discussed more extensively.


Nile Delta Summer Solstice Circular Model Oblong Shape Flat Earth 
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  • Dirk L. Couprie
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  1. 1.MaastrichtNetherlands

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