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- The long subtitle of this Latin map of northern Greece explains that it depicts “the provinces of Macedonia, Thessaly, and Albania, in the last one of which the dwellings of the Montenegrin people located in the county of Zenta are indicated, together with the neighboring regions and islands, drawn by very recent and new auxiliary troops according to the rule of correct projections in use in the current war.” In 1770, when the map was published, these lands were all part of the Ottoman Empire. Zenta, or Zeta, refers to a medieval principality located in territory that is mostly present-day Montenegro. The “current war” refers to the Russo-Turkish War of 1768−74, one of a series of conflicts fought between the Russians and Turks for control of southeastern Europe. Colored lines are used to mark the borders of the Ottoman provinces. Three distance scales are given: German, Italian, and Hungarian miles. The map was published in Nuremberg, Germany, by the firm of Homännische Erben, meaning the successors of the Nuremberg engraver and publisher Johann Baptist Homann (1663−1724) and his son, Johann Christoph Homann (1703−30).
Homann Erben, Nürnberg, Germany
Title in Original Language
Mappa Geographica Graeciae Septentrionalis Hodiernae sive Provinciarum Macedoniae, Thessaliae et Albaniae in qua ultima Provincia Habitationes sitae Gentis Montenegrianae in Comitatu Zentanensi expressae sunt, unacum finitimis Regionibus atque Insulis
Type of Item
- 1 map ; 57 x 44 centimeters