Babylon map of the world. The babylonian map of the world or imago mundi is a babylonian clay tablet containing a labeled depiction of the known world with a short and partially lost description dated to roughly the 6th century bc neo babylonian or early achaemenid period. The map is sometimes taken as a serious example of ancient geography but although the places are shown in their approximately correct positions the real purpose of the map is to explain the babylonian view of the mythological world. This map found in southern iraq in a city called sippar shows a small bit of the known world as the babylonians knew it centuries ago. The discovery of artifacts such as the babylonian map of the world can answer many questions about ancient peoples the way they lived and the way they viewed the world while also opening up new questions.
This map dates back to neo babylonian persian period ca 500 bc is copy of an earlier original of the sargonid period late eighth or seventh century bc. The river euphrates flows. Map of the world. The babylonian world map also known as imago mundi is usually dated to the 6th century bce and is the one of the oldest known world maps and certainly the most famous.
Babylon is used in reggae music as a concept in the rastafari belief system denoting the materialistic capitalist world. Mesopotamiathe land between two riversgave birth to many of the worlds first great cities. This map dates back to the 5 th century bce. The babylonians were great conquerors as the assyrians were and eventually ruled the whole world.
Artists depiction of the babylonian map of the world. The splendid city of babylon located between the waters of the euphrates and the tigris. This map reveals the extant of the babylonian empire at the time 30 years after the destruction of the temple in jerusalem by the king of babylon nebuchadnezzar. Shows the world as a disc surrounded by a ring of water called the bitter river.
Freemasonry which has its own versions of biblical legends classically considered babylon as its birthplace and a haven for science and knowledge. The babylonian clay map of the world unearthed in sippar is currently housed in brithish muesum in london bm 92687.