Roman Postal Map in Vienna

Reuters tells the tale of an artifact called ‘Peutinger’s’ map:

An 800-year-old map, the sole surviving copy of a chart used by the Roman Empire’s courier service, was put on show for just one day on Monday [November 26, 2007] after being accorded “Memory of the World” status by UNESCO.

The parchment scroll, nearly 7 metres (yards) long, could only be displayed briefly because too much light would damage it, before it was returned to storage at Austria’s National Library, where it has been since 1738…

..Globally, 158 documents have UNESCO Memory of the World status, which aims to preserve and disseminate valuable archive treasures and library collections. (source)

Check out the whole map here.

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