"Ostia", Braun & Hogenberg
Period: 1598 (circa)
Publication: Civitatis Orbis Terrarum
Color: Hand Color
19.5 x 11.5 inches
49.5 x 29.2 cm
Bird's eye plan of this ancient harbor of Rome with its fortifications enclosing the harbor. Ostia is situated twenty miles from Rome, in the meadows between the Tiber River and the Tyrrhenian Sea. It was founded, probably in the 4th century BC, as a military colony to guard the river mouth against seaborne invasions. Later, during the centuries when virtually all imports reached the Capital via the Tiber, Ostia gained prominence as the domestic landing for cargo boats. Several Roman, oared, ships are depicted in the harbor.
Lovely original color. Bottom fold separation in margin, repaired with archival tape.