You can view, browse and interact with the digital version of the Medieval copy of the map using resources below, definitely a unique and intriguing map, a masterpiece yielding unique insights into the Roman Empire and ideology: A copy of this mapping masterpiece, the original is stored in Austria, is used to illustrate Michael Wood’s new BBC documentary told as ‘ a People’s History. ‘ There are lots of interesting objects artefacts and maps used during the programme. Many are worthy of further exploration for history buffs. This is definetely one of them. You can explore it online using the pointers and resources linked below. The only Map of the Roman World and Empire to have survived from ancient times, it is a precious document which is a parchment scroll from the Medieval period.
- A long continuous and colourful ,detailed scroll it was rediscovered about 1500 and became the property of Konrad Peutigner and hence it’s name. The original reacts badly to light so is hardly ever on display. Her is the next best thing the online version.
- The Map has been included in the UNESCO World Memory Project. It was last on view in Vienna in 2007 here is the BBC article that appeared online at that time
- View and interact with the Map Using the browser enabled digital scanned resource hosted for Richard Talbert by New York University
- There is also a PDF User Guide to the Maps from the website provided by Cambridge University Press, and a features and symbols index
- Treasured in the Austrian National Library in Vienna it has been reconsidered as an artefact by Richard J A Talbert in his work published by Cambridge University Press The Peutinger Map Reconsidered It is a ‘masterpiece of map making and Roman idealogy.’ Talbert established the Ancient World Mapping Center at the University of Northern Carolina, where is Professor of History and Classics.
- It was not a map for navigating but to celebrate magnificently the scale of the Roman Empire. It is believed to have influenced how medieval map making developed.