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Albi's Mappa Mundi–The World of Yesterday


Catalogue Number:  A173-039
Producer:  CinéFête
Producers:  France Télévisions et Grand Angle Productions
Subject:  History
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary
Copyright Year:  2017
Running Time:  52:00


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In an ancient town in the southwest of France lies a “treasure”: Albi’s Mappa Mundi. Dating from the 8th century and included in a manuscript, this map is the oldest known representation of the world as a whole. How was it made? Why is its shape so particular? What exactly does it describe? What was its purpose? To answer these questions, historians, paleographers and scientists conduct a minute investigation and, step by step, the Mappa Mundi reveals its secrets.


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