Ostia / Utriusque Ostiae portus, Horatii Tigrini de Mariis, descriptio.

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Ostia / Utriusque Ostiae portus, Horatii Tigrini de Mariis, descriptio.


Map showing Trajan's port in Ostia Antica (Portus Romae) on the Thyrrhenian Sea from a bird's eye view with cartouche, index, compass rose, sailing ships in the foreground and two coin illustrations. OSTIA - The project was completed under Emperor Nero in AD 64. Trajan's port at Ostia Antica, the engineering feat that made Rome great. But the problem of constant silting up had not yet been solved. Today's remains lie 25 km southwest of Rome.


ca. 1595


Braun/Hogenberg (1572-1618)

Frans Hogenberg (1535 – 1590) was a Flemish and German painter, engraver, and mapmaker. Hogenberg was born in Mechelen as the son of Nicolaas Hogenberg In 1568 he was banned from Antwerp by the Duke of Alva. He travelled to London, where he stayed a few years before emigrating to Cologne. He is known for portraits and topographical views as well as historical allegories. He also produced scenes of contemporary historical events. George Braun (1541-1622), a cleric of Cologne, was the principal editor of the "Civitates Orbis Terrarum". The first volume of the Civitates Orbis Terrarum was published in Cologne in 1572. The sixth and the final volume appeared in 1617. This great city atlas, edited by Georg Braun and largely engraved by Franz Hogenberg, eventually contained 546 prospects, bird-eye views and map views of cities from all over the world. Braun (1541-1622), a cleric of Cologne, was the principal editor of the work, and was greatly assisted in his project by the close, and continued interest of Abraham Ortelius, whose Theatrum Orbis Terrarum of 1570 was, as a systematic and comprehensive collection of maps of uniform style, the first true atlas.

Historical Description

Ostia Antica was the port city of ancient Rome and is frequently mentioned in writings from the time of the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire. Ostia Antica was particularly important for Christian posterity because it was here that St. Monica ,the mother of St. Augustine, died in 387 in a house belonging to the Roman diocese while on her way back to Africa after Augustine's conversion to Christianity. An important aspect of 19th century Italian nationalism was the veneration of the glorious Roman past, expressed in the desire to revive or recreate various sites and institutions associated with ancient Rome. In 1871, the city of Rome became the capital of the new Kingdom of Italy. A revival of Ostia was an obvious next step. The modern district of Ostia was founded in 1884 near the remains of Ostia Antica. This was possible after the nearby marshy area, infested with malarial mosquitoes, had been reclaimed. The first inhabitants were farmers who came from Ravenna in Romagna. With the opening of the Roma-Ostia light rail line in 1924, the new village soon became a popular seaside resort for Romans, and numerous Art Nouveau houses were built on the shore.

Place of Publication Cologne
Dimensions (cm)29,5 x 49,5 cm
ConditionPerfect condition
Coloringoriginal colored
TechniqueCopper print


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