Re: Pagus symbol

From: Asmus Freytag <>
Date: Sat, 28 Jan 2017 12:39:58 -0800
The examples show a series of symbols. They seem designed to show not only the putative "pagus" but a number of other classifications as well. It would seem to be a mistake to single out just one of them, unless that one symbol is used as the only one in selected other contexts (manuscripts, other works).


On 1/28/2017 9:36 AM, Philippe Verdy wrote:
Other example, same period in Western Russia: the symbol is less "ideographic" and colored in red, it clearly shows a church bell tower and a dependant building:,_Pars_Occidentalis.jpeg

Same thing in England,_Representing_the_Princedome_of_WALES,_and_other_PROVINCES,_CITIES,_MARKET_TOWNS,_with_the_ROADS_from_TOWN_to_TOWN.jpeg

Other variant (two towers or high houses):

2017-01-28 18:24 GMT+01:00 Philippe Verdy <>:
See Sample [1]

The symbol that is shown near some villages (Cuce, Cice, Bruts) on this old map is for "pagus" (plural "pagi") and is an old territorial unit grouping several villages, and would more or or less map to today's cantons in France (or "pays" in today's rural speech), or counties in England (however smaller than counties). [2]

It looks like an ideogram in used in Roman or medieval periods (in the example above it appears later on a map of the 17th century). I've seen it several times (not just on maps) with minor variations. It looks like two symbolized bell towers with a top platform holding a christian cross, both surrounding the circle (locating the village). It gives higher importnace to these places than other surrounding villages that are administered from the pagus.

Are there other examples of symbols used on maps or old judiciary acts that could be encoded?

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