Vodnik's copy of the Tabula Pentingeriana

Valentin Vodnik1815

National Museum of Slovenia

National Museum of Slovenia
Ljubljana, Slovenia

The Tabula Peutingeriana is a 33 cm high and 668.2 cm long parchment scroll showing a road map of the Roman Empire, which was redrawn in the twelfth or thirteenth century from an earlier version. The original was created in Roman times, probably during the reign of Caesar Augustus and was supplemented in the third, fourth, fifth and probably also sixth centuries. The original is kept in the Austrian National Library (Österreichische Nationalbibliothek) in Vienna and was first printed entirety in 1598 in Antwerp. The Archeological Department of the National Museum of Slovenia holds a copy of the Tabula Peutingeriana that Valentin Vodnik, prominent Slovenian poet and historian, made in 1809 in Ljubljana from the 1753 printed edition and amended in Vienna six years later by comparison with the original Tabula Peutingeriana. He made a list at that time of inaccuracies of the 1753 edition of the Tabula, which were taken into account in the next edition (K. Mannert: Tabula Itineraria Peutingeriana, Lipsiae 1824). Vodnik's copy is 40 cm shorter than the original (the extreme right hand side of the original is missing). The major colour difference is in the roads, which are red in the original and black in Vodnik's copy. Vodnik also only tried partially to imitate the lettering.


  • Title: Vodnik's copy of the Tabula Pentingeriana
  • Creator: Valentin Vodnik
  • Date: 1815
  • Date Created: 1815
  • Location Created: Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Physical Dimensions: l. 642 cm, h. 37 cm
  • Provenance: Unknown
  • Type: Map
  • Rights: Narodni muzej Slovenije
  • Medium: Paper

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