Free Asia Minor Wall Map

(Post by A.D. Riddle)

The Ancient World Mapping Center is making available for free download their wall map of Asia Minor. The blog post from yesterday reads:

After several years of preparation, AWMC’s newest wall map is now available online. This map is a successor to that of J.G.C. Anderson (1903) and its partial revision by W.M. Calder and G.E. Bean (1958).  It was displayed in draft at the ‘Roads and Routes in Anatolia’ conference organized by the British Institute at Ankara (March 2014).  It was then revised with a view to being issued with the volume planned to follow that meeting in due course.  Meantime the Center is now making the map available online.

The map is noteworthy because the Ancient World Mapping Center has reconstructed the ancient coastline, most notable at places such as Miletus, Ephesus, north of Smyrna, and between Xanthos and Patara. The map shows Roman roads, bridges, quarries, and aqueducts. It also shows rivers, wetlands, and elevation with subtle hillshading. According to the legend, the map includes mountain passes and shrines, though I noticed only one of each.

There are a few symbols that do not appear in the legend, and I am not entirely sure what they mean: an asterisk before the name Sparza, and these three patterns

[UPDATE: A commenter noted that the asterisk is identified in the legend and is used to indicate a reconstructed ancient place name. The first pattern, blue dots outlined in blue, appears to represent an “intermittent lake.” The second pattern, burnt orange dotes, appears to represent a “dry lake.” The last pattern remains a mystery to me.]

Yesterday, I could download the map directly, but as of today you have to email the Ancient World Mapping Center for a download link. The TIF file I downloaded is a whopping 1.72GB! If you were to print the map at 300dpi, the sheet would measure 80″ x 50″. (To download a JPG version of the map at about 100MB, use this temporary link.) The map is licensed under CC-by-4.0.

This map is the latest creation by the Ancient World Mapping Center in a line of cartographic products which includes the Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World (print and digital), Benthos Digital Atlas of Ancient Waters, the AWMC à-la-carte Map, and the Routledge Wall Maps for the Ancient World.


2 thoughts on “Free Asia Minor Wall Map

  1. Great resource!

    The blue pattern may be a seasonal or intermittent lake. The burnt orange pattern may be a wide wash (note proximity to streams or other bodies of water). See p.4 of this link for comparable symbols in USGS: http://www.wvgs.wvnet.edu/www/maps/topomapsymbols_MapX1B.pdf. The closest I see at this link to the brown dots + boxes is their symbol for gravel or glacial moraine.

    According to the Asia Minor map legend, and asterisk indicates a reconstructed ancient place name (also occurs before Takina, to Sparza's NE).

  2. You are correct, the asterisk is identified in the legend. I will update the post. Thank you for also noting that they appear to be using USGS symbols with (1) blue dots outlined in blue for "intermittent lake," and (2) brown dots would probably be "dry lake" (though it is outlined with brown instead of blue). The last symbol remains a mystery to me. It is used in the Taurus Mountains of Rough Cilicia, in the mountains east of the Orontes River, and southwest of Lake al-Jabbul. I do not believe these areas are "gravel or glacial moraine." I initially thought they might represent forests, but too many other forested areas are not marked as such. Then I thought perhaps these might be regions of volcanic rock, but they do not match up with a geological map. I am not sure this symbol means.


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