“a book of maps or charts” [Oxford]

“Atlas was a titan who was responsible for bearing the weight of the heavens on his shoulders, a punishment bestowed on him by Zeus. Atlas was given this task in retribution for him leading the Titans into battle against the Olympian Gods for control of the heavens” []

Mercator’s Atlas: “Atlas or Cosmographical Meditations on the Marking of the World and the Image of the Made” [Ramachandran]

“the mapmaker embodies the world; the human body and the global body become one” [Ramachandran]

Ex: “This striking visual proclamation identifies the Atlas, and its author, Gerhard Mercator, as icons of worldmaking.” [Ramachandran]

Ex: “the text reflects both on the making of the world itself (fabrica mundi) and on the figuration (in maps) of that world understood as an artifact (figura fabricati)” [Ramachandran]

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