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Claudius Ptolemy’s Sri Lankan Map

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Claudius Ptolemy‘s Sri Lankan Map is the most famous historical map of this island nation. Ptolemy created this map in 139 AD. The Greeks called Sri Lanka Taprobana or Taprobane.

Ptolemy
Ptolemy

Ptolemy got the basic idea of the Sri Lankan map from the known world map created by Eratosthenes.

The following map shows Ptolemy’s Taprobana as published in Cosmographia Claudii Ptolomaei Alexandrini, 1535.

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Ptolemy’s Taprobana – Cosmographia Claudii Ptolomaei Alexandrini, 1535

Visit the collection of historical Sri Lankan maps.

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