Maps of Dublin, old Speed’s map reveals history of Dublin.

Maps of Dublin, old Speed’s map reveals history of Dublin.

Arran Henderson gives us the next best thing to a time machine in this post, my friends. He also supplies surprising etymological details too: How could one of my favorite cities ever have been named after muddy water? I had no idea. My favorite city, and my favorite bluesman, too! Enjoy…

Arran Q Henderson

Old maps of Dublin: Viking & Medieval Dublin to the early modern era. 1,200 years of change.

The image below is the first known image of Ireland. It was drawn as part of a larger map, around 200AD, by the legendary Ptolemy, often called the Father of Geography.   Culturally speaking, Ptolemy was Greek, but he was born and lived in Alexandria in Egypt, which by his era had fallen under Roman rule.

Ptolemy_Map_of_Ireland

As a Dubliner, it’s very tempting for me to suppose or imagine the name “Eblana” -appearing on the east coast of Ptolemy’s Ireland-  represents my own city. But no, sadly Eblana is almost certainly not Dublin. (Sniff).  Dublin, as city at least, simply did not exist in 200AD. Modern scholarship suggests that Eblana may instead well be Loughskinny, now a small town further north (in the Fingal area) since this was an important and attested trading post in…

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