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The evolution of the mapping of the world.

The Babylonian World Map is the oldest map known to man, followed by Ptolemys World Map produced in 150AD this was modelled as the Romans understood The Earth to be. Walersee Mullers World Map was formulated in the1570s this the first depiction of the East Coast of the Americas.  Next to update our view of the world was Blaeu’s with his world map in 1664. The following maps illustrator  remains unknown, it was produced in 1785, and lastly how the word is currently portrayed and how we know it to look today.

Assyrian Jewelry Chain (Grave Goods), from Ashur, Middle Assyrian Period, c. 14th-13th Century BC

Currently located in the Vorderasiatisches Museum, Berlin.

The ancient site of Ashur, dating to the 3rd millennium BC, is located on the Tigris River in northern Mesopotamia. It was the first capital of the Assyrian Empire and remained so from the 14th to the 9th century BC until the reign of the Neo-Assyrian king Ashurnasirpal II (883-859 BC), who moved the capital to Kalhu (modern Nimrud). The city survived the fall of the Assyrian empire in the 7th century BC, and it flourished again in the Hellenistic and Parthian periods until the 2nd century AD.

Ashur also served as the religious capital of the Assyrians, named after Ashur, the head of the Assyrian pantheon in Mesopotamian religion. He was the Mesopotamian equivalent of the Babylonian god Marduk.

A map & more about Ashur…