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Exactissima totius Archipelagi nec non Graeciae Tabula

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Article ID EUK357
Artist Visscher (1618-1679)
Nicolaes Visscher I (1618 -1679) Amsterdam was a Dutch engraver, cartographer and publisher. He was the son of Claes Janszoon Visscher. His son, Nicolaes Visscher II, also worked with him and continued the family tradition of mapmaking. He died in Amsterdam in 1709 and later after his death, many plates has been used from Petrus Schenk II (1693−1775) to issue other copies.
Title Exactissima totius Archipelagi nec non Graeciae Tabula
Year ca. 1680
Description
Map shows the whole of Greece, the Aegean, partly Crete with two magnificent cartouches.

Greece is considered the cradle of Western civilisation, being the birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy, Western literature, historiography, political science, major scientific and mathematical principles, Western drama and the Olympic Games. From the eighth century B.C., the Greeks were organised into various independent city-states, known as poleis (singular polis), which spanned the entire Mediterranean region and the Black Sea. Philip of Macedon united most of the Greek mainland in the fourth century BC, with his son Alexander the Great rapidly conquering much of the ancient world, from the eastern Mediterranean to India. Greece was annexed by Rome in the second century B.C., becoming an integral part of the Roman Empire and its successor, the Byzantine Empire, which adopted the Greek language and culture. The Greek Orthodox Church, which emerged in the first century A.D., helped shape modern Greek identity and transmitted Greek traditions to the wider Orthodox World. After falling under Ottoman dominion in the mid-15th century, Greece emerged as a modern nation state in 1830 following a war of independence.
Place of Publication Amsterdam
Dimensions (cm)46 x 56 cm
ConditionVery good
Coloringoriginal colored
TechniqueCopper print

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