Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Google Maps of the Ancient World

Pleiades is a great resource for anyone interested in the history and geography of the ancient world. The site is a community based and open-sourced gazette of ancient places.

The welcome page of Pleiades features a nice animated Google Map that animates through some of the ancient places in the gazette. Google Maps are also used throughout the site to show the locations of ancient place names.

Each individual ancient place map includes markers of nearby ancient places. Pleiades also contains a large collection of user contributed Collected Places, where ancient places are grouped by theme, for example Roman, Medieval, temples, roads etc.

Also See
Omnes Viae: Itinerarium Romanum - a route planner based on the ancient Roman map the 'Tabula Peutingeriana'

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