‘Java’ in Ptolemy’s Geographia

Fig. 1 — The title page of possibly the oldest surviving Greek Geographia (which doesn’t have any maps and is pretty hard to read, honestly). The more formal title of the work is ‘Γεωγραφικὴ Ὑφήγησις’, lit. ‘geographical guidance’, but as you can see here it appears to have been known as ‘Γεωγραφία’ in the earliest Greek manuscripts as well. Rome, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Urb.Gr.191, f.130r.

Ἰαβαδιοῦ in Rome, BAV, Urb.Gr.82

Fig. 2— The island of Ἰαβαδιοῦ in Rome, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Urb.Gr.82, f.107v-108r, complete with the beautiful Vatican watermark.
Fig. 3— A close-up of Ιαβαδιο in Rome, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Urb.Gr.82, f.108r. I’m not a specialist in Greek minuscule to say the least, so the entire caption isn’t clear to me, but the name is easy to make out.
Fig. 4— The description of ϊαβαδιου in Ptolemy’s Geographia. Rome, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Urb.Gr.82, f.57va.
Fig. 5— The vexed question.

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