Dreams of a Great Southern Land: The Southern Ring Continent
at Theatre, National Library of Australia
Thursday, 5 March 2020 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM + Add to calendar05/03/2020 18:0005/03/2020 19:00Australia/SydneyDreams of a Great Southern Land: The Southern Ring ContinentDreams of a Great Southern Land: The Southern Ring Continent Thursday, 5 March 2020 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM (AUS Eastern Standard Time) Organiser Bookings Officer XXXXXXXXXXXXXX Address Theatre, National Library of Australia Parkes Place West Parkes ACT 2600 Australia Event web page: https://www.stickytickets.com.au/5hq4g/dreams_of_a_great_southern_land_the_southern_ring_continent.aspxTheatre, National Library of Australia
Parkes Place West
Parkes ACT 2600
Join Chet Van Duzer, Cartographic Historian and Board member of the Lazarus Project at the University of Rochester, as he explores the early modern belief that there had to be a substantial landmass in the south to counterbalance the continents in the north.
This hypothetical landmass was depicted on many maps beginning from c.1508, when such a continent appeared on a world map by Francesco Rosselli. Rosselli’s map showed a very large island at the South Pole, yet many maps from the sixteenth century illustrate a remarkable variant of this geographical myth: a continent-sized landmass that forms a ring of land around the South Pole, with open water at the pole itself.
Chet will discuss the sources of this unusual view of the Southern Polar Regions found in classical, medieval, and Renaissance hydrographical theories and geographical texts.
Image: Urbano monte world map 1587 David Rumsey Collection Stanford
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