Appears in Ortelius' 1570 edition of Theatrum orbis terrarum.
Abraham Ortelius, a contemporary of William Shakespeare, created the groundbreaking atlas Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, including this map of Europe, the Mediterranean, Northern Africa, and Western Asia. These regions were heavily traveled for trade and known by reputation to educated people of Renaissance Europe. Many of Shakespeare’s characters travelled from their homeland to the far corners of these regions, bringing back reports of unfamiliar and exotic cultures. These “different” societies would have held a certain allure and wonder for Shakespeare’s audiences, yet at the same time implied a threat, creating an effective tension for dramatic performance.
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