Artemidorus Behind Artemidorus: Geographic Aspects in the Zoological Designs of the Artemidorus Papyrus

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The collection of zoological drawings on the verso of the Artemidorus papyrus has been considered a random set of figures with no coherent structure. However, the new disposition of the two main fragments of the document and a reconsideration of the relationship between recto and verso —that is, between the collection of animals and the Geography of Artemidorus— opens the space for a new interpretation of the drawings as a rational sequence that is not chaotic, but answers to a plan and follows a geographic progression from west to east that re flects the movement of Artemidorus' work.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2012

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