Italy in 42 historical maps


Item: e-Atlas
Edition: 3.0, 2019
Language: English
Pages: 128
Format: PDF
File size: 22 Mb 
Author: T-O-Maps


The name Italy (in Latin: Italia) can be traced back to ancient times for the peninsula, though it was initially designated for the region of the lower part of Southern Italy by Greek settlers. Most likely it is derived from the ancient word Viteliu, meaning "land of young cattle". Italy had been a rich agricultural country since ancient times. After the fall of the Western Roman Empire and the Lombard invasions, Italia gradually became the collective name for various sovereign entities present on the peninsula. Italy was already  described by Ptolemy in his Geographia (150AD). The accompanying maps were worked out again by European cartographers at the end of the 15th  century.  It is also depicted on the Portolan charts during the late middle ages, when the Mediterranean  was a centre for navigation and trade.  The first printed separate  maps of Italy appeared in the early 16th century.  


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