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Volume 5, issue 2
Hist. Geo Space. Sci., 5, 155-161, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/hgss-5-155-2014
© Author(s) 2014. This work is distributed under
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Hist. Geo Space. Sci., 5, 155-161, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/hgss-5-155-2014
© Author(s) 2014. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Review article 11 Jul 2014

Review article | 11 Jul 2014

The Ebstorf Map: tradition and contents of a medieval picture of the world

G. Pischke G. Pischke
  • Institut für Historische Landesforschung der Universität Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany

Abstract. The Ebstorf Map (Wilke, 2001; Kugler, 2007; Wolf, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009a, b), the largest medieval map of the world whose original has been lost, is not only a geographical map. In the Middle Ages, a map contained mystic, historical and religious motifs. Of central importance is Jesus Christ, who, in the Ebstorf Map, is part of the earth. The Ebstorf Map contains the knowledge of the time of its creation; it can be used for example as an atlas, as a chronicle of the world, or as an illustrated Bible.

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