Map of Ancient Syracuse, c. 1768, Seale
A Plan of the City of Syracuse, c. 1768, Seale
In this ornate 18th-century map, Richard William Seale attempts to recreate the ancient city of Syracuse on the island of Sicily. Now part of Italy, Sicily has a rich Greek history. One of the largest city-states in Ancient Greece, Syracuse was an ally of Sparta. It was first founded around 734 BC by Corinthians, and was regarded throughout the ancient world as one of the most powerful and beautiful cities to exist.
In this etching, the might and ingenuity of the Ancient Greeks are celebrated. Seale makes sure to depict towering castles, forts, and an impressive wall that guards part of the city. In one corner of the image, glorious boats sail for other Greek islands across the soft waves of the Mediterranean. These same walls were under attack by the Romans in 214 BC, and it was Syracuse's famous son Archimedes, whose inventions of a large iron crane that could lift up and sink incoming ships, as well as cannons, that supposedly resulted in successful battles for the Syracuse.
Sheet size: 10.75" x 8.5"
Condition: Some marks from aging, but in fine antiquarian condition