n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Putting on the map

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This article looks at the depiction of Africa in linear and pictorial form, on maps and as a personification. It gives a general outline of the changing form of maps from Roman times through the Renaissance with the new knowledge of world geography and the discovery of printing, and of the personification of Africa wearing an elephant-scalp headdress for the same period. It then looks at instances from the 16th to 19th centuries where personifications and maps are used together, and whether the personification changed with the increased geographical knowledge of the continent.


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