C1595
 (1624)

Alexandri Magni ma Cedonis Expeditio.

Ortelius map showing the areas of Alexander the Greats conquests. The inset shows the oracle of Jupiter Ammon, supposedly situated in present day Libya, where Alexander went to ask what would be the result of his expedition. He also expressed … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Alexandri Magni ma Cedonis Expeditio.

Date:

C1595
 (1624)

Condition:

In good condition, with centre fold as issued.

Technique:

Copper engraving with original hand colouring.

Image Size: 

465mm 
x 360mm
AUTHENTICITY
Alexandri Magni ma Cedonis Expeditio. - Antique Map from 1595

Genuine antique
dated:

1624

Description:

Ortelius map showing the areas of Alexander the Greats conquests.

The inset shows the oracle of Jupiter Ammon, supposedly situated in present day Libya, where Alexander went to ask what would be the result of his expedition. He also expressed the desire to be buried there, but was eventually buried in Alexandria in Egypt. Ortelius derives his information on the oracle from Lucretius, Solinus, Ovidius, Lucanus and many others. He complains that more attention is paid by classical authors to Alexander’s personal habits, than to the regions and territories he conquered, but restricts his own discussions to the two Iupiter Ammon temples and statues, and does not discuss Alexander’s travels.

References: Broecke 222.

Abraham Ortelius (1527 - 1598)

Ortelius was a Flemish cartographer, map seller and publisher. Ortelius was a leading cartographer who published the first modern atlas in 1570, Theatrum orbis terrarum in which each map was presented on a separate sheet. He initially trained as an engraver in 1547 and as an illuminator of maps. Influenced by Gerard Mercator he published his first map in 1564 and soon after published his famous atlas that changed the way maps were sold and published.

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