Autun’s map and the mysteries of Roman cartography


  • Henri Desbois Université de Paris Nanterre, LAVUE, Nanterre, France


We know very little about Roman cartography. There are almost no surviving artefacts, and texts mentioning maps are rare and uninformative. In this paper, I provide a brief overview of the main challenges posed by the study of Roman cartography and comment on a text written in AD 298 by Eumenius, teacher of rhetoric in Augustodunum (modern day Autun), which provides an extensive description of a map.


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