Fascinating Maps:
Origins of Important Historical Figures in Europe

Link - article by Avi Abrams

Europe Seen Through a Temporal Telescope: 1400-1950

Found today, this is a thought-provoking series of maps, giving you a broad historical and geographical perspective on human development since the Middle Ages (something that we really appreciate, as we try to envision the widest possible vistas of creativity and cultural history - without loosing fascinating details, mind-eye focus and cognitive resolution)

From "Human Accomplishment: The Pursuit of Excellence in the Arts and Sciences, 800 B.C. to 1950" by Charles Murray:

(images credit: Charles Murray, via)



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Blogger Peter Van Belle said...

Both art and music seem to follow the centres of patronage (the Low Countries and Northern Italy in the Late Middle Ages). Literature and especially science seem more distributed (except for the upsurge in Britian in the 19th century).

Anonymous Anonymous said...

lol the map is so wrong and it doesnt change in time. Whole countries missing, other present before they were arisen. Its like a child made it :)

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Charles Murray? Not a good source.

Anonymous MasterJudge said...

So, the size of Germany depends on whether you look at it as art or literature. Plus: isn’t literature art?

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The borders dont change in any map so they do not represent anything and they do not fit to any age. Its even hard to say which country they concern. So the guy above is correct. Child or retarded author

Blogger Unknown said...

Wow, these comments are kind of ridiculous. You guys don't need to worry so much about the choice map, just appreciate what it's communicating. A lot of Murray's work is about varying intelligence in different people groups. The lines on the maps are not perfect, but they are sufficient as cultural boundaries. The ad hominem toward Murray is totally unnecessary. And come on, the fact that the first Literature map is different is just a editing mistake.

I also don't appreciate the man who commented "Learn some history before you show your ignorance." Not only are you being needlessly rude, but Poland existed as a country for 400ish years before the first map in this collection. You could have just been nice about it :D

tl;dr Maps are great, and everyone should be nice to each other :D

Anonymous Anonymous said...

C. Murray forgot a list of Greeks, who influenced Europe and I'm not talking about the ancients. First entry is Cardinal Bessarion from Trebizont (1403-1472)Renaissance scholar, another one is Demetrius Chalcocondyles(1423-1511)from Athens,who fled to Italy after the ottoman conquest. Doménikos Theotokópoulos or El Greco(1541-1614), painter from Crete, who was well known in Spain.Another dot is missing from Crete and represents Nikos Kazantzakis(1883-1957),anyone who doesn't know Zorba the Greek?


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