Object ID
2008.33.3
Object Name
Map
Title
Aenae Troiani Navigatio
Date Created
1660
Medium
Ink
Material
Glass; Paper; Wood
Object Entities
Jan Jansson, (created by)
Jan Jansson, (is related to)
Janssonius, Johannes (is related to)
Access Points
Object Description
This is a map of the Mediterranean Sea and its surrounding nations. There is a quote from the Aeneid in the top left hand corner. There are references to this quote throughout the map. The map is black and white with the nations outlined in bright colors including pink, yellow and blue. In the top right hand corner is a detail of Italy and Greece. The map is matted behind a cream background in a dark, wooden frame. Glass covers the front of the map.
Origin
This is a map of the Mediterranean Sea and its surronding nations titled, "Aenae Troiani Navigatio". There is a quote in the top left corner quoting the Aeneid by Virgil, there are also many references to the Aeneid throughout the map. Colors in a map like this one are used to distinguish between different geographical areas. Jan Jansson, also known as Johannes Janssonius, was a Dutch cartographer born in 1588 in the Netherlands. He published his first map in 1616 and 15 years later while working in Amsterdam, issued further editions of the Mercator/Hondius atlas. This is a navigational chart of the Eastern Mediterranean Sea with the island of Cyprus featured prominently. We observe that this navigational chart retains the characteristic colors of the portolan chart-black for the shores (outline) and place names, and red, blue or gold for the islands. The present map is a copy of the Blaeu Family's Cyprus sea-chart of 1618. "The Blaeu's chart had become the prototype of all nautical charts of the 17th century." The Aeneid is the Roman creation myth. Aenas, a surviving Trojan prince from the Trojan war and son of Aphrodite, leads a small group of survivers to find a new home in Italy. Along the way the survivers face many problems, including death, god intervention, trips to the underworld, and a civil war. The story goes that Aeneas will settle a new city, his son, Ascanius will establish another city which will father the founder of Rome, Romulus and his twin brother, Remus. It was thought that Julius Caesar and thus, Augustus came from this line. This peice of work is thought to be propaganda for Augustus written by Virgil. It reinforces Roman ideals, and the suggestion that Augustus is related to Aphrodite, and thus, divine. Purchased by Cyprus Museum in Jacksonville, NC through Richard B Arkway Inc. for $300.00 on March 11, 1989. The Cyprus Museum was established in 1988. It has welcomed visitors from Ireland, Greece, Cyprus and England.The museum, housed in a 2,500 square foot building, contains source materials on modern Cyprus and a myriad of Cypriot antiquities. The collection includes: ancient pottery and sculptures which date from the early Bronze Age, medieval maps, folk handicrafts, Byzantine icons and religious items, archaeological studies, resource materials on Cypriot governmental documents, videos, photographs and many materials on the Women’s Walk Home campaigns. The Cyprus Museum has preserved and houses more than 4,000 years of history through it’s accumulation of the numerous antiquities.
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Citation
Map, 1660, National Hellenic Museum, https://collections.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/Detail/objects/8083. Accessed 02/28/21.