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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.
An old blogpost from me. Originally posted in December 2014 on www.sardisverlag.de. Since I don't want it to get lost once the old page will shut down and since it is still relevant for my Imperium Romanum map, I decided to repost it here.
Since by now Sardis Verlag has stopped selling its products directly, I have activated the shop in this page. You are able to purchase HD paper prints of the maps from the former Sardis Verlag catalogue and newly made deluxe canvas prints. For now you can only pay with the popular online payment system PayPal. However PayPal also allows the use of Debit or Credit cards, without the need of your own PayPal account. Further options are planned in the near future.
Welcome to tabulae-geographicae.de,
this website is intended to offer a new and permanent home for my maps of the Ancient World. A replacement for www.sardisverlag.de that will be shut down in the near future. However, currently HD prints of all my maps are still available via www.sardisverlag.de. In the coming months my related non commercial projects will also be presented here.
As soon as Sardis Verlag stops to sell their products directly, you will be able to purchase them in a small integrated web shop on this site.
In March the maps will again be sold on Amazon.de and other European marketplaces. Probably in summer a new edition of the Roman Empire map should be again become available on Amazon.com.