A new edition of my wall map Dawn of the Classical World is now available. Updated using new research, that was published since its initial release in 2015, the map is featuring more than 300 additional toponyms, including over 200 new settlements to bring the total number to over 1000.
During Holidays the shop will be closed from 20th of July till August 3rd. Already now certain print-on-demand products, such as canvas or textile prints, are disabled, when it can't be assured that they can be produced and shipped within one week. Everything will again be available from August the 4th.
Two new maps are finally ready for public release, The Bronze Age World and The Parthian Empire and the Silkroad. Both are now available as download version and present on their respective preview pages. While custom made prints such as on canvas are also possible, a regular paper edition is currently only scheduled for late summer or fall.
Since I was slowly running out of the rolled up 2017 prints of Imperium Romanum 211 AD the time has come for a new edition. The differences are not as dramatic as between the old Sardis Verlag map from 2014 and the second generation map, but nevertheless noticeable. Four years worth of small improvements and additions have increased the level of detail in some areas considerably. Such changes are always included in each custom made prints or download version, all exported from the most recent files. But I have also included few larger changes reserved for a new edition.
One of my first blog posts for the old Sardis Verlag homepage was a “Making of” for the Imperium Romanum map. It even existed as a promotional poster back then. Since I am asked this question from time to time, I thought it might be good to write something like this again.
While not much has happened over the summer I could nevertheless make progress with all my maps. Recently I purchased a number of German ISBN numbers, with the intention to give my maps a better visibility and wider distribution, as during the days of Sardis Verlag. For this I plan to publish new versions of all wall maps over the course of the year, beginning with a new edition of Imperium Romanum 211 AD in the coming weeks. All will also be available as digital downloads.
The upcoming Bronze Age map is still not finished, but has at least sufficiently progressed to get its own section on the website, which I am currently adding.
I've added a new page with a map visualizing the Antonine Itinerary, an imperial Roman directory of 17 routes with over 2000 waystations, covering a greater part of the Roman road network.
During the last two months work on the Bronze Age map could again progress well. I mainly focused on improving the countries of the Hittite Empire, the major power dominating the upper central part of the new map. I am not yet finished with the Hittite lands, but at least more than the basic framework is now on the map.
The holidays are over and the new year has come, thus it is a good time to give a small update showcasing the new maps I am currently working on. At the moment, I have three different projects from very different eras in development.
Today is the 5th anniversary of the start of my late Bronze Age map project. In November 2015 I finished the initial version of the Dawn of the Classical Word/Persian Empire map for Sardis Verlag and thereafter laid down the foundations for new projects. Back than I had planned two new maps: The Parthian Empire and the World of the Bronze Age. The former was released by Sardis Verlag in spring 2016, the latter so far only as its offspring New Kingdom Egypt, in fall 2016.
It has now again become possible for me to ship maps to almost all destinations in Africa, Asia and Oceania. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic parcels are now mostly transported by a combination of sea and air freight, thus they can be en route for a significantly longer amount of time than usual. Thus for destinations outside of Europe transit times of over one months or more have to be expected.
It is now again possible to ship items to Canada and the United States for regular costs, 27 € for all rolled up maps and 3,70 € for folded maps respectively. However, due to the severe reduction of global air traffic during the current COVID-19 pandemic all standard mail and parcels are now transported by ship to overseas destinations and thus can be en route for more than one months.
Thus I kept the faster premium shipping by air mail for 43 € as an option. It has to be added to the your cart as a regular product together with a map, if desired.
Needless to say that in this trying times my upcoming The Bronze Age World wall map was not
progressing at the desired pace. Nevertheless, since the last update I could add a greater number of features; cities, mountains and rivers, to the Hittite Empire, Elam and most importantly
Unlike on my previous maps, the Bronze Age World ancillary map will cover a much larger area than the main map to include many important cultures and territories that found themselves outside of the highly detailed area, but should not be left out. One of them is Central Asia, the source of invaluable tin and gemstones like Lapislazuli for the middle eastern civilizations and itself the site of many fascinating early cultures and cities.
Before the current pandemic I shipped my maps globally. For small items like folded maps I could use a special kind of letter offered by Deutsche Post for 3,70 € to all destinations, while full parcels with rolled up maps shipped for 25 to 30 €.
When COVID-19 hit Europe at the end of march I had to disable all overseas shipping. Back then I hoped the situation would normalize and I could return to the old scheme within a few months. Apparently this will not happen any time soon. Thus I begun to enable shipping to certain overseas destinations again in the web shop. The first step are North American destinations.
The time has come for a small update showing the current state of my upcoming Bronze Age map. While the map will still only depict the polities of the 13th century BCE, I’ve continued to expend the scope by including a greater number of earlier sites, as well as former natural features such as shifted or dried out river courses.
The localization of Yam, a country mentioned in ancient Egyptian sources, is one of the unsolved problems of Egyptology and for reconstructing the historical geography of eastern Africa. So far the majority of scholars preferred a location in the Nile valley, partially because of a lack of good alternatives. Since the turn of the century, in increasing amount of new archaeological data supports theories that search for Yam in the Western Desert of Nubia. The continued exploration of this extremely dry and inaccessible region in the borderlands of Egypt, Sudan, Libya and Chad has produced evidence for larger numbers of former oases and well watered spots that could support sedentary and pastoral communities well into the Bronze Age.
Due to the global COVID-19 epidemic it is currently only possible to ship to most European destinations with the exception of France, Moldavia, Monaco and Montenegro.
In the last few months the final steps to finish my PhD kept my occupied and I couldn‘t devote as much time to research my upcoming Bronze Age map as I had wished or hoped for. Thus no progress update yet, but due to the current situation I have an ample amount of time now. At the moment I am working on Elam and all areas of greater Iran. I hope to have some preview images ready for next months.
So far all parcels are still being delivered at a normal pace, while Canvas prints and other custom made maps are produced as usual. However, due to the great dynamic of this extraordinary situation, COVID-19 epidemic induced delays can't be fully excluded.
It is now again possible to purchase something from the web store without PayPal account. Direct credit card payments are handled securely by the payment processor Stripe. Credit card numbers are not transmitted to us.
During the last moths I could resume work on the Bronze Age map which has progressed well. Despite the considerable work already done for the Ancient Egypt map, this will be a long project. Hopefully, it can be finished during the course of winter, but more likely it will be summer again before the new map is ready for printing. The focus is currently on the two major powers of Mesopotamia, the Middle Assyrian kingdom and Kassite Babylonia, as well as the landscape they inhabited. The next steps will be Elam and the Hittite Empire. Once the major framework is complete, thus all great powers of the era are on the map and the Bronze Age landscape is reconstructed, I will focus on minor actors in the surrounding territories and especially the long distance trade networks. An additional smaller scale ancillary map will give a wider picture, including far away places like Cornwall and Afghanistan from where essential tin and exotic goods like Lapis Lazuli were transported to the Middle east.
Paper prints of my big wall map Dawn of the Classical World, depicting the Persian Empire and the West about 500 BCE, are again on stock. Since the first edition was released by Sardis Verlag four years ago, a great number of small improvements and additions could be made to the map. However, the differences are not as dramatic as between the first and second edition of the Imperium Romanum 211 AD map. Most noticeable is the use of heavy duty paper (250 instead of 170g/m²), first introduced with the Ancient Egypt map in 2016 in now used by all big maps (Sizes DIN A0 and B1).
The original Sardis Verlag prints of my map Dawn of the Classical World are currently sold out. I am now preparing a new, improved, edition that will be available within the next few weeks.
In the coming weeks I will begin to make some changes to the homepage to include new sections for the upcoming Classical Greece and The Bronze Age World wall maps. Mainly the existing content will have to be rearranged, thus some pages may become temporarily unavailable or to be found at unfamiliar places.
The Classical Greece map is now essentially complete. I will use the next few weeks for polishing it a bit more, before having a release candidate for prints ready by the end of the month. Meanwhile I’ve already begun to assemble the required literature to finish the Bronze Age map, making good progress here too.
During the last weeks the Classical Greece map progressed well and I could finish Cyprus and Troas while making progress in Thrace. Recently, a new book arrived, The Archaeology of Lydia. In the long term it should be a very valuable addition to my private library, while helping me to finish the Classical Greece map in the coming weeks. With the completion of this map in sight, it’s time again to think about future projects.
During the last 6 weeks I could again devote much time to continue my work on the Classical Greece map. I added many settlements and details over the entire Aegean region and filled some gaps in Italy. The DIN A0 version of the map now has about 900 settlements of all kind, the same as on the first edition of my Roman Empire map.
Last week I added about 100 new Roman sites to the Roman Era Hesse map, completing the civil settlements in the northern Wetterau. By now more work for this map is done than left to do.
The Classical Greece is map is progressing much slower than I originally anticipated. Due to more urgent needs I can’t devote as much of my time to the project than I hoped for. Nevertheless here is a first, DIN A1 sized, print covering the central parts of the larger map.
Recently, I‘ve updated the Roman Era Hesse page with a new version of my map and added the bibliography. However, the map is still very work in progress and far from polished. The Roman roads and settlements in the Main Taunus Kreis are now completed and a number of features were also added elsewhere. I've also made a few general improvements, like the better placement of labels. The civil settlements in the Wetterau and Hessian Ried regions will be next. Once everything is on the map I can begin to place the larger labels with the names of the Civitates or geographical features.
The Classical Greece map is currently progressing well and has begun to look quite nicely. Thus I thought this might be a good time for a development update:
Currently I am making great progress in finishing another old project, a highly detailed map of Classical Greece.
In autumn, during one of my visits in the library, I've found a relatively new and for me very interesting book: J. W. Hanson's An Urban Geography of the Roman World, 100 BC to AD 300, which was published in 2016. If it had been available a few years earlier it would have saved me hundreds of hours of work when I begun compiling the Roman Empire map in late 2013 and during our Antonine Plague project before.
The old Sadisverlag folded Imperium Romanum posters are almost sold out, so the time had come to think about a better replacement. Instead of just reprinting the old posters I decided to make something else. The result is the new double sided poster, The World of Ancient Rome.
I‘ve added another one of my projects to this site. One of my long term projects is to compile an highly detailed historical atlas of my home region, the Odenwald. The first step is a map of the Odenwald and surrounding territories during the Roman Era. This particular map should originally just show the immediate surroundings of the Roman Villa Rustica Haselburg The project has since grown in scope, currently I plan to eventually cover all parts of the province Germania Superior situated to the east of the Rhine, which will give the reader a more complete picture.
The current work in progress map can be viewed on its own sub site: Das römische Hessen
It will be continuously updated until completion.
The homepage of Sardis Verlag, www.sardisverlag.de, was finally shut down on August 30th. The company itself will be disbanded within one year. All of my maps formerly distributed by Sardis Verlag will stay available through this site, www.tabulae-geographicae.de, and prints can be purchased in our shop.
My current project: Expanding the Ancient Egypt map to cover all cultures of the late Bronze Age eastern Mediterranen and Middle East.
Another one of my old Sardis Verlag blog posts. Here I want to try to give the reader some population numbers for the territories depicted on the Imperium Romanum 211 AD map.
On demand my maps can be printed in other formats than the standards they were designed for. In this post I will show two examples in DIN A2 (59,4 x 42 cm), the largest size that can be shipped rolled up globally for 3,70 €.
The rolled up Imperium Romanum map was Sardis Verlags most popular product and virtually sold out since the first weeks of 2017. Now a reprinted and heavily improved second edition has entered production. Over the last three years I made a number of changes affecting both the general and appearance and content. Thus compared to the first edition from 2014 there are quite a few improvements that I will introduce below.