Angry that his dad made him undertake this precarious trek. Perplexed about the future. And afraid of the fearful stone god, Aquila the Avenger, who haunts him wherever he goes. His dream? Escape his island prison and discover the wide world.
What supernatural power is it that brings him instead to old Cerbonius’ cave? And how will this exiled bishop’s uncanny wisdom shape his future?
This is a copper engraving by the Dutch artists Willem Janszoon and Joan Blaeu, based on Giovanni Antonio Magini’s original of 1598. Many thanks to Paolo Ferruzzi, who keeps this map in his Academy of Works of Art in Poggio.
Funnily enough, Silvanus’ map, though less elaborate, looks far more accurate to the modern eye.
Thanks to Polina, the brilliant cartographer who drew the maps of Silvanus’ wanderings in and around Elba, the story has now even visited this center of Russia’s cultural life and top tourist destination.
This map shows the scope of Aquila’s travels so far.
Set during the period of Late Antiquity during the 6th century A.D., a young man searches for meaning in a world torn between the prevailing Greco-Roman cultural and religious traditions, and the emerging Germanic and Christian traditions that later formed the foundations of the culture of Europe.
Aquila attended one of the most famous opera festivals in the world at the Olavinlinna castle in Savonlinna, Finland. It was built in 1475 to protect Finland (then part of Sweden) from Novgorod (later Russia). Continue reading “Visiting a Middle Age Castle”