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Atlas of True Names, World by
Atlas of True Names, World by
Longitude Retail Price: $9.00
Publication Date: 2008
Scale: 1:90,000,000
Product Type: Folded Map
MapLink Code: KAL_ATN_WOR_8
Coverage: |World|

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Product Code: 2212537M

The Atlas of True Names reveals the etymological roots, or original meanings, of the familiar terms on today's map of the World. For instance, where you would normally expect to see the Sahara indicated, the 'Atlas' gives you "Sea of Sand", Arab. es-sahra "desert, sea of sand". The 'True Names' of 1500 cities, countries, rivers, oceans and mountain ranges are displayed on this fascinating map, which includes a comprehensive index of derivations.

Etymology is the study of the origin and history of words. For the first time, the 'Atlas of True Names' uses etymology to give us an unusual insight into familiar geographical names - with intriguing results......

Many geographical names are clearly rooted in Man's observation of his natural environment; the physical location of a settlement: "At the Foot of the Mountain" - Piedmont, the character of an important water course: "The Gentle One" - The Seine or even just the local vegetation: "Under the Oaks" - Potsdam.

Unsurprisingly, countries and landscapes often derive their names from the characteristics of the people who lived there: "Great Land of the Tattooed" - Great Britain, whilst local mythology and regional rulers also frequently leave their legacy: "Isle of the Monster's Eye" - Peleponnese or "Illustrious Emperor" - Zaragoza.
  • Product Languages: English
  • Folded Size: 7.87 x 2.76 inches
  • Unfolded Size: 129.92 x 20.87 inches
  • Newest Version of this Product: Yes