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    • “What’s in a name?” Juliet used to ask.

    The true name atlas: a cartographic-etymologic project about the secret name of emblematic places / 

    The Atlas of True Names, is a project thought up by a couple cartographers (and Lord of the Rings’ fans), which presents the etymological roots or original meanings of current countries on modern maps of the world. For example, where we would usually expect to see the Sahara desert, the atlas shows us “Sea of Sand”, which is derived from the Arabic es-sahra, “desert, sea of sand”.

    Stephan Hormes and Silke Peust, aided by translators and expert linguists, created each and every one of these maps, and replaced their modern geographical names with the original etymologies of cities, countries, mountains and bodies of water. The maps can be ordered in English, Spanish, Dutch and French.

    Retaking the roman proverb nomen est omen, (name is destiny), perhaps the meaning behind the names of places where we have lived says a lot of who we are. The Atlas of True Names brings back a sense of charm to the world we pretend to know so well. It takes the reader on a journey towards the unknown; a unique exploration through unexplored lands in the familiar territory we call home. It is, to say the very least, a refreshing way of seeing the world in a new light.

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