Roger II [1095-1154] -- of Sicily, King
a/k/aApulia (1127-1130), Duke
Sicily (1105-1130), Count
Sicily (1130-1154), King
Taranto (1128-1132), Prince
Upstart king of the once-Muslim Sicily, Roger II,
commissioned the first global map of the world from the Muslim geographer al-Idrisi.
The map, completed about 1138, depicted the world as occupying one full hemisphere,
or 180 degrees, stretching from Korea in the East to the Canary Islands in the West.
[From The Times: January 22, 2009]
|First global map of the world|