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Ravenna Cosmography

Map based on Ravenna Cosmography

The Ravenna Cosmography (Latin: Ravennatis Anonymi Cosmographia, lit. "The Cosmography of the Unknown Ravennese") is a list of place-names covering the world from India to Ireland, compiled by an anonymous cleric in Ravenna around AD 700. Textual evidence indicates that the author frequently used maps as his source.


  • The Text 1
  • See also 2
  • External links 3
    • The Cosmographia 3.1
    • Sites dealing with the British section 3.2
    • Sites dealing with the Iberian section 3.3
  • References 4

The Text

The most recent critical edition of the three manuscripts is that of Joseph Schnetz in 1942.[1]

The surviving texts are quite challenging. The three manuscript copies are distanced from the autograph (original manuscript) by three or four generations. As a result, the copies are plagued by errors of spelling, word division, omission, and even errors of hearing. (The text was apparently dictated at one point.). The text-to-text variations are not limited to the place-names, but are also significant in the intervening commentary. Thus, the bulk of the blame cannot be placed on the original author.

See also

External links

The Cosmographia

  • Ravennatis Anonymi Cosmographia et Gvidonis Geographica (fulltext) at

Sites dealing with the British section

  • The Ravenna Cosmography, Introduction and British section.
  • The Roman Map of Britain The British section of the Ravenna Cosmography and its sources.
  • Fitzpatrick-Matthews, Keith. "Britannia in the Ravenna Cosmography: a reassessment". 

Sites dealing with the Iberian section

  • Ravennatis Anonymi Cosmographia. Introduction and link to an edition of the Latin original.


  1. ^ Schnetz, Joseph (1942) [1990]. Itineraria Romana. Volumen Alterum, Ravennatis Anonymi cosmographia et Guidonis geographica. Stuttgart: Teubner. 

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