The Ebsdorf Map is a map of the world, but from the Middle Ages, which is interesting because it showed the structure of the world as medieval people saw it.
A few things to notice:
- Jerusalem is at the center of the world
- The earth is divided into three parts, just like the Classical Greek view
is circular. Come to think of it, nothing about Africa is even close to
right: from magical animals like the manticores and mirmicaleons (what
the hell is that?) to Meroe, the land of midgets that ride crocodiles.
Don’t forget the dog-headed men, the people with four feet, and
- The Garden of the Hesperides is in Africa, marked by a winged serpent guardian
- The location of the Garden of Eden is marked, watered by 11 rivers
- Up around the Caucasus, you can see the homeland of the terrible cannibal giants Gog and Magog
- If you look in Northern Asia, you can see where the mapmakers wrote in the homeland of the Amazon Women
- Colchis, the city on the Black Sea that was the legendary home of the Quest for the Golden Fleece, is clearly marked
- In Israel, you can see the Tower of Babel and Mt. Ararat, where Noah’s ark landed
- Mostly the map of Europe is right, but it’s fascinating to see things like ant-dogs on the map, to say nothing of the total absence of anything like Switzerland.