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Found in a 15th/16th century manuscript, miniatures from Virgil's Aeneid.




The best of a series of 4 featuring the Anemoi. Before the cardinal compass points were a thing, the 'Winds' would be marked on maps. Bigger maps would feature a network of connecting winds, like a web.

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  1. Schmuldvich's Avatar
    Schmuldvich -
    These are awesome! I especially like the depiction of Mercury in that first image. Interesting backstory about the winds, never knew that.

    Keep 'em coming!
  2. Greg Marcus's Avatar
    Greg Marcus -
    some keywords on that would be "windrose", "compass rose", "rhumb lines/rhumbline network".

    At other times, the "cardinal directions" would be landmarks or other locations.. like "to jerusalem" or.. "towards the mountain", etc.

    Then there's occident and orient for West and East, derived from "falling" and "rising" (of the Sun). Actually many words from "east" are derived from the "rising of the sun". (The German part of my family has the surname of Oster)