Regional maps of the Greek world for coin tags

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by jb_depew, Jan 27, 2021.

  1. jb_depew

    jb_depew Well-Known Member

    Does anyone know where I could find a unified set of simple regional maps (either free or paid) of the ancient, post-archaic Greek world? Specifically, I'm looking for Asia Minor/Anatolia, mainland Greece, and the kingdoms and regions bordering the Black Sea (up to Sarmatia).

    I thought it would be fun to print small ~2"x2" maps that could accompany my coins and offer an "at a glance" look at where they were minted. If I could find maps in a scalable, vector format (such as PDF) I would have an easier time editing/cropping as needed.

    Here is a linked image showing the level of detail I'm after. I know borders changed over time, but they would be nice to have as well as the region labels.


    I found some great online resources, such as the Ancient World Mapping Center, which offer fantastic maps, but unfortunately they are more detailed than what I'm after.

    I found many specific maps in the vein of what I'm after, but then had trouble finding stylistic matches for other regions I collect.

    Thanks in advance for any guidance!
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  3. JayAg47

    JayAg47 Well-Known Member

    On a side note, why did't the Italian peninsula develop multiple cities like this, rather than Rome alone being the main center?
  4. Lueds

    Lueds Active Member

    Perhaps cos Rome was the center of the world, nothing was allowed to overshadow Rome? Just a thought, not a fact :cool:
  5. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    I like this idea but, because borders changed so much over time, I might start with the one you show and erase all the words. Then you could type in whatever you want for each coin. A map with no detail can be better than too much.
  6. Justin Lee

    Justin Lee I learn by doing Supporter

    I was thinking kind of similarly. That if you already had an accompanying ID tag that had the location label, you could simply do away with the label(s) on the map and put a prominent dot or a red circle or something on the label-less map to designate the physical location/area it was minted/used, etc.
  7. jb_depew

    jb_depew Well-Known Member

    That would probably be the most reproducible option as well. It's a little ambitious to squeeze much of anything into a 2x2 space. Thanks!
  8. Justin Lee

    Justin Lee I learn by doing Supporter

    Something like this?
  9. jb_depew

    jb_depew Well-Known Member

    Yes, that's basically what I'm after! I suppose the closer I crop to a certain region, the more likely it is that I can show relational information. For example, if the significance of a coin was to fund a conflict between one city state and a neighboring power, it might be nice to label both places. I suppose any way you look at it I'm going to be spending some time in Adobe Illustrator :)
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