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New Postcard: "The Parthian Empire"

 

The little brother of our recently released map The Roman Era Orient is now available!

The map depicts the Parthian and Indo-Parthian Empires in the first half of the 1st century CE. The required scale of 1:25. Mio. is relatively large if compared to our other offers in the Ancient Empires series, as our postcards of the Roman or Persian Realms. Thus even on a small DIN A6 sized postcard we could include an astonishing number of details.

 

Features:

  • DIN A6 (148 x 105 cm),
  • Glossy finish,
  • Printed on 300 g/m² postcard chromo board,
  • Scale 1:25.000.000,
  • Legend in English and German,
  • The countries and vassal states of the Parthian Empire,
  • The most famous cities of the Empire and it's neighbours,
  • The most important peoples of the region,
  • Major routes through the Parthian realm.

 

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New map available: The Roman Era Orient

 

Our newest map, The Roman Era Orient, continues what we started with our big Imperium Romanum map. To provide a complete coverage of the Greco-Roman world through highly detailed wall maps. This map depicts the lands east of the Roman Empire, as far as regular contact with the empire extended. Included are the Parthian Empire, Rome's eternal rival, as well as the kingdoms of India and the rising Kushan Empire, all of which were destinations for the merchants operating out of the Red Sea ports in Egypt's eastern desert.

 

To include the entire Parthian Empire, it became necessary to have significant overlap between both maps. We used this opportunity to show the Roman East at an earlier stage, before the annexations of client states and military expansion transformed it to the state depicted in our 211 CE map. We chose the year 64 CE, after the end of the Roman-Parthian war for the control of Armenia in 58-63 CE, and before the outbreak of the great Jewish revolt in 66 CE. After its end, the new emperor Vespasian began to reorganize the entire eastern frontier, starting the aforementioned transformation.

 

However, our new map is not strictly limited to 64 CE. Especially in the eastern part, in the Hindu Kush mountains and Indus valley, state entities developed very dynamically over the course of the 1st century CE. The relatively short-lived Indo-Sycthian rule was replaced by its equally short lived Indo-Parthian successor. Their realm soon fragmented and was reduced to their old heartland in modern Seistan by the rising power of the Kushans, who should dominate the area in the 2nd century CE.

To depict the major actors of the east during the entire duration of the principate, older and newer sites, including some phases of expansion of theses states, are shown as well.

 

 

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Shipping Cost Overview

How much does shipping cost and why?

 

This is the question we want to answer in this short blog post.

 

In general, we try to make the shipping cost as low as possible, handing on the amount we pay to the shipping company (or in some cases handing on less than what we pay). However, some of our products are so large that the shipping cost to other countries remains very high despite our best efforts. So first up, here is an overview of shipping costs:

 

      Small Item        Large Item   
Germany+Vienna   2.40 € 2.40 €
Europe   3.45 €    10 €
Rest of World   3.45 €    25 €

 

As you can see, the size of an item can make quite a difference. In general, all our products are small items, except the A1 and A0 rolled map prints, which are large items. While the 10€ for shipping large items to Europe is barely acceptable, rest of world shipping costs 25€ for the large packages.

 

To give customers a cheaper shipping option, we have recently introduced folded versions of our A0 and A1 maps. These folded maps have the same content as the rolled maps[1] but are folded to a size which makes cheap international shipping a small items possible. We keep the rolled maps available (at the high shipping cost) as an option for customers who do not want to have the folding creases on the map.

 

So for those of you who have hesitated given the shipping cost for our maps, now is the time to buy!

 

[1] In the case of the Imperium Romanum map, some updates have been made for the folded map.

Canvas Prints Now Available Separately

Individually manufactured prints of our products on canvas are now also available in rolled up form, without a stretcher frame.

 

 

The basic DIN A0 sized 300 dpi HD print on 400 g/m² canvas is sold for 74,95 € plus shipping. Unlike the stretcher frame version it can be shipped globally. On demand we can add a few cm bleed around every edge for framing/stretching.

 

 

Since each print is custom made, canvas prints can not be ordered via our webshop, but only directly via kontakt@sardisverlag.de.

Attention US customers: Wall map now also available on Amazon.com

We are happy to announce that our A0 wall map of the Roman Empire is now also available on Amazon.com for customers from the United States. In the past, the extreme shipping cost of 25€ made it very inconvenient for US customers to buy this map directly from us. To get the map from Amazon.com, please follow this link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/3945358000.