Jacob Ford

New Yorkers daily trust an intentionally distorted subway map to guide them daily from origin to destination, through transfers and between stops. So also did ancient Romans, with a similarly distorted 4th-century Roman road map: the Tabula Peutingeriana. My map translates a small segment of the ancient Roman Tabula into the familiar style of the MTA’s New York City Subway Map. By seeing some of the Tabula’s information presented in a familiar and equally distortionary format, anybody familiar with NYC subways may be able to feel, just for a bit, like an ancient Roman traveler, or his cartographer.

Tabula Peutingeriana
Tabula Peutingeriana, fragment. See a digitized copy of the map here.
MTA Peutingeriana
MTA Peutingeriana
2015

Jabob’s essay on the MTA Peutingeriana.

Jacob is a designer and a member of the New York Map Society. He volunteers at the Mmuseumm in Manhattan.

Jacob’s Website: http://jacobford.com/

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