• Author: Abraham Ortelius
  • Date: 1603
  • Medium: Hand-colored copperplate engraving
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Inches: 12 1/4" x 18 7/8" plate mark
  • Centimeters: 31.41 x 48.40 plate mark
  • Price: Sold

LATIVM. "Ex Conatibus Geographicis Abrah. Ortelij Antverp". (Latium, from the geographical efforts of Abraham Ortelius of Antwerp) From Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, Antwerp, 1603

The Italian word Lazio descends from the Latin word Latium. The name of the region also survives in the tribal designation of the ancient population of Latins, Latini in the Latin language spoken by them and passed on to the city-state of Ancient Rome.

The inset, Mount Circeo (South-East of Rome), is the supposed dwelling place of the mythical goddess/witch Circe, who enchanted Odysseus and turned his companions into swine. Ortelius' source for this inset map, Angelo Breventano, is described by him as "a man of good credit,...and a most diligent searcher out of Roman antiquities".

On this superbly painted example of this map, the Tiber River flows around the cartouche at left. The walled city of Rome is shown on the river, just up from the river's mouth at the coast.

References: Van Den Broeke, Wikipedia article Lazio
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