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The European Mapping of Ethiopia, 1573-1856

Professor Christopher Clapham will present a survey of maps published in Europe of Ethiopia and surrounding territories

This talk will survey the maps of Ethiopia and surrounding territories published in Europe, from the earliest such map, 'Presbiteri Iohannis, sive Abissinorum Imperii Descripto', published by Ortelius in Antwerp in 1573, through to the mid-19th century.

Taking a representative sample of maps published at approximately thirty-year intervals over this period, it will show how inaccurate was the early European understanding of Ethiopia, and how this was improved, especially through the work of Ludolph in the later 17th century. Much inaccurate information was nonetheless repeated from one map to another, and the geography especially of much of southern Ethiopia continued to be conjectural until the end of the period.


Professor Christopher Clapham | talks


Date and Time:

19 May 2011 at 7:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
Russell Square

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Organised by:

The Anglo-Ethiopian Society
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Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

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7:00pm, Room B102 (Brunei Building), SOAS

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