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    Guild Journeyer Gracious Donor J.Edward's Avatar
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    Map Anthropos Iohanan

    This was my submission to the July/August 2014 challenge - Go Map Yourself.
    It was my first challenge and was fun. Learned a lot doing this piece.
    Here's the WIP thread -
    And here's the map then the description from that thread.
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    Anthropos Iohanan, greek for the human man John
    I chose Greek and some other languages because of my love for antiquity, history, world culture (both ancient and current).
    My love of myth and legend lead me to choose Greek as the basis for most names on this map.
    Thus the progress from Chronos [time] through Logos, Ethos, Egos, Arthos on toward Psykhe.
    And through the Psykhe to Oneiros [dream] which is a large part of my journey through life and existence.

    Included in the lands of Dream, Oneiros, are names that have had an influence on me. Robert E. Howard and H.P. Lovecraft
    who both knew and wrote to each other. Both created fantastic dreams and visions of other places that had similarities but were vastly different.
    The writings of both have had a lasting impact as have the works of ancient Greece and Rome.

    Lord Dunsany naturally follows as he was a great inspiration to Lovecraft and the whole Dreamlands concept. He is listed
    as an influence for so many writers in the fantasy genre as well as other genres.

    Astronomy has also been a big part of my life and so stellar names drop in as well. The significance of stars in this map
    is noticeable from river and place names on up into the great Stella Maris beyond the land of Dreams.

    Many of the river, land and city names are representative of important concepts to me. Trees, stars, language, history,
    philosophy, literature, imagination, dreamlands. As such, in a small way this map represents me, so far as any map could.

    Attached is a list of place names in the map along with their origin and rough meaning.
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    Guild Artisan Domino44's Avatar
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    I loved your map which is why I voted for it. The map itself is beautiful, the fact that the challenge was to create something that represented yourself just makes it all the more lovely. I personally love astronomy, mythology, and the Greek language, so your whole map really intrigued me. I love that the meanings of the names also described parts of your personal character, I think that to often we forget the importance of names. Fantastic work, and if I could rep you again I would.
    I AM STRONG because I know my Weaknesses, I AM BEAUTIFUL because I learnt to recognize illusion from Real, I AM WISE because I learn from my Mistakes, I AM A LOVER because I have felt Hate, and... I CAN LAUGH because I have known Sadness.

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    Guild Journeyer Gracious Donor J.Edward's Avatar
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    Thanks Domino.
    I agree. A name says a lot.
    It can really convey a depth and feeling to a place.

    [I like your sig, by the way. Very sage.]

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