! Cartographies of the Time !

Universal History by Johannes Buno, 1672
Each millenium before the birth of Christ is depicted by an image of large allegorical being. 
This dragon represents the fourth millennium B.C.

Discus Chronologicus by German engraver Christoph Weigel, early 1720s
Paper chart with a pivoting central arm. Rings represent kingdoms, radial wedges represent centuries,
and the names of kingdoms are printed on te movable arm.

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