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Bulgaria in the european cartographic concepts - Bulgarian version

Bulgarian version /see English variant/

The first European map of the world had been made around the beginning of the new era /AD/ by orders of Octavian August and under the guidance of his distinguished collaborator Vipsanius Agrippa. The map had been exhibited in the Rome Forum to inspire in Roman subjects self-confidence and to keep Augustus’ authority who claimed that he had brought the long-hoped peace to them.

All new knowledge collected from the lands conquered by the sword of the valiant Roman forefathers – conquerors of the world /Orbis Terrarum/ - was entered in this map. It would be of interest to know that Mysia, organized at the same time and encompassing the conquered area between the Danube and Stara Planina /the Balkan/ Range, was shown among the Roman provinces. Its name has been preserved in the European maps in the centuries to come and by the ethnonym “Mysians” cartographers marked its latest conquerors, the Bulgarians.

The main subject of Dr. Atanas Orachev’s book “Bulgaria in the European cartographic concepts” covers one of Augustus’ ideas laid down in the first European map. It addresses both Bulgarian citizens and people around the world with the information on Bulgaria preserved even after the 15th century when Bulgaria was conquered by the Ottoman Turks and in the following 5 centuries, until 1878, was included within the borders of the Ottoman Empire. Imperceptibly and in well-weight manner Dr. Orachev makes the reader familiar with a lot of names of Bulgarian patriots and scholars who have contributed both to the preservation and study of the old maps and charts, be they originals or copies, and to making them accessibly to every member of the society.

There is another course the author has carried through and which draws the attention towards the map. He succeeds in showing the reader that the maps should be perceived also as a reflection of the most important or fateful political events and geo-political ideas concerning Bulgaria on the background of the history of the Balkan lands and Europe. On its part, Europe has been presented not only as a factor in these very events but also through the Renaissance culture that has preserved and further developed through maps the ancient knowledge and piety of beauty. Gradually, the maps have taken up their place among the most useful and necessary things, through which the history of states and continents is presented as well as the development of the oversea and land connections and thence, the movement and communication of men and ideas.

The processing of maps and images has also contributed greatly to the impact the book makes. They not only fascinate our eyes for a long time but they also arouse the irresistible desire to read the text the author has offered. The attached chronological benchmarks will enable the reader to better apprehend the logic in the development of the European concepts of Bulgaria by supplying him with synthesized information on the full of vicissitudes history of the Balkan lands. Presented in readable language the text grabs the reader and expands the horizon of his cultural interest and everyday life.

This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 04 February, 2006.
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