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LQ Podcast 44: Monsters of the Deep

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Floating around the margins and swimming through the middle of maps between the eighth and sixteenth centuries was a whole aquarium of magical, fantastical sea monsters. Chet Van Duzer makes the introductions to all these various leviathans, sirens, mermaids, and sea serpents, who inhabit the pages of his book, Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps. Check out some of the book's fantastic images below.

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Map of Iceland, by Abraham Ortelius. From the 1598 edition of Theater of the World, considered to be the first modern atlas.

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Northwestern portion of 1572 edition of Carta marina, by Olaus Magnus. It has the largest collection of sea monsters on a single sixteenth-century map.

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Whale being flensed on the Faroe Islands, 1572 edition of Carta marina (detail), by Olaus Magnus

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Whale being flensed on the Faroe Islands, 1572 edition of Carta marina (detail), by Olaus Magnus

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Sea monster known as a "ziphius" eats a seal while being attacked from by another monster, 1572 edition of Carta marina (detail), by Olaus Magnus

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Sea pig, 1572 edition of Carta marina (detail), by Olaus Magnus

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Lobster-octopus attacking a man, 1572 edition of Carta marina (detail), by Olaus Magnus

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Ichthyocentaur plays a viol, from map of Scandinavia, 1571 edition of Theater of the World, by Abraham Ortelius

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