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Click and drag anywhere on this map of the Middle East.
Which places might have been conceptually closer than others?
How does the perception of distance depend upon time?

Here's my version.

AlexWarp applet by Alex Rosen -

Bill Rankin, 1999

An attempt to get at both the idea of mental mapping and the impact of time on spatial relationships, by playing with distortions of a modern map to understand medieval trade relations. It's ultimately a bit hokey, as a mental map is certainly not just a "correct" map that's been distorted.