Aegyptus Antiqua

Author: Ortelius, Abraham
Date: 1584
Location: Egypt, Nile River

Dimensions: 75 x 49 cm.
Scale: [ca. 1:1,450,000]
Call Number: G1015 .C651 1630


Boston Public Library copy is part of composite portfolio atlas with title "Collection of old maps." Each of the 300 maps in this collection is cataloged individually.

The tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra takes place in the ancient empires of Rome and Egypt, the latter of which is depicted on this 1584 map. Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, and Mark Antony, co-ruler of Rome are entangled in a romantic and political relationship wrought with betrayal, despair, and love. Cleopatra famously seduced both Julius Caesar and later Antony, with whom she had children. The combined power of Egypt and Rome struck fear into the hearts of the Roman government, who declared war on Cleopatra. Antony fought with her, and rather than face life without one another, both lovers took their own lives.

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