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New Publication: “The Exploration of Asia Minor: Kiepert Maps Unmentioned by Ronald Syme and Louis Robert”

November 1, 2022 in Interest

This article by Richard Talbert has just been published in the online journal History of Classical Scholarship. Here is the link: https://www.hcsjournal.org/ojs/index.php/hcs/article/view/79

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UNC-Chapel Hill Job Posting of Interest

October 11, 2022 in Interest, News, Of Interest

Assistant Professor in Ancient History

Posting Information

Posting Information 

Department History – 315900
Posting Open Date 10/07/2022
Application Deadline 11/06/2022
Open Until Filled No
Position Type Permanent Faculty
Working Title Assistant Professor in Ancient History
Appointment Type Tenured/Tenure Track
Vacancy ID FAC0004249
Full-time/Part-time Full-Time Permanent
Hours per week 40
FTE 1
Position Location North Carolina, US
Hiring Range Dependent on Experience and/or Qualifications.
Proposed Start Date 07/01/2023
Position Information 

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit The UNC-Chapel Hill Department of History is one of the largest academic departments within the College of Arts and Sciences. The Department is committed to the purposes of a research university, to the teaching of history at the undergraduate level as a core discipline in a liberal arts education, and to the training of graduate students.
Position Summary The area of historical specialization for this position is open, but the research and teaching expertise falls within the history of the broader Mediterranean world between 800 B.C.E. and 500 C.E. This position is expected to develop a teaching profile centered on Greek and/or Roman history. This position also should contribute to the initiatives of the Ancient World Mapping Center (https://awmc.unc.edu/wordpress/). Additionally, the successful applicant would be encouraged to develop connections, in both research and teaching, with colleagues in the Department of History and those in other subject centers at UNC, as well as within North Carolina’s Research Triangle and beyond.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements Applicants must have Ph.D. in History or a related field in hand by July 1, 2023.
Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience The Department would be especially interested in inviting applications from those who could contribute to the initiatives of the Ancient World Mapping Center (https://awmc.unc.edu/wordpress/).

The area of historical specialization for this position is open, but the research and teaching expertise falls within the history of the broader Mediterranean world between 800 B.C.E. and 500 C.E. The successful applicant would be expected to develop a teaching profile centered on Greek and/or Roman history. Additionally, the successful applicant would be encouraged to develop connections, in both research and teaching, with colleagues in the Department of History and those in other subject centers at UNC, as well as within North Carolina’s Research Triangle and beyond.

Special Physical/Mental Requirements n/a
Campus Security Authority Responsibilities Not Applicable.
Special Instructions Please include a statement on engagement with diversity and inclusion
Quick Link https://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/240887
Department Contact Information 

Department Contact Name and Title David Culclasure, Business Officer
Department Contact Telephone or Email davidnc@ad.unc.edu
Academic Personnel Office Contact Information If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the University’s Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost office at (919)-962-1091 or send an email to facultyrecruitment@unc.edu.

Please note: The Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost office will not be able to provide specific updates regarding position or application status.

If you have any questions about the job requirements or the hiring department notify the Department Contact.

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

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  1. Curriculum Vitae / Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Other Document
  4. List of References

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Atlas of Classical History Revised Edition To Be Published in December

August 1, 2022 in Interest, Publication

See the announcement by Routledge with details and discount offer here.

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New Host for Maptiles

June 23, 2022 in E-resource, Interest, News

Warmest thanks for this message from Professor Sarah Bond, University of Iowa:

As many of you know, the Mapbox servers previously used for hosting the AWMC maptiles have been down for a number of months as we figured out a better way for them to be hosted and funded. Digital preservation is one of the hardest parts of any DH project. This has caused much disruption with digital projects that rely on these as maptiles as base maps for interactive, spatial components. As such, we want to announce that the AWMC maptiles have been migrated to a server at the University of Iowa libraries within The Digital Scholarship and Publishing Studio. You can download or use the maptiles in a number of formats: http://cawm.lib.uiowa.edu/index.html

Below you can see more about the official licensing (still a CC BY 4.0) and attribution. We are calling this spinoff CAWM (the Consortium of Ancient World Mappers), but it is still made up of many former heads of the AWMC (e.g. Ryan Horne, Richard Talbert), Pleiades editors (e.g. me) and Pelagios partners. We hope these freely available maptiles will be used widely and that the stability of their provision will be relied upon as you rebuild or create new digital projects with spatial aspects. http://cawm.lib.uiowa.edu/#tiles/ol3

In addition to the digital tiles, we are working on new versions of Antiquity à-la-carte to help people to make their own accurate maps for articles and books. In the meantime the older version is still up and able to be used to create maps for analog publications: http://awmc.unc.edu/wordpress/alacarte/

We are all excited about this new venture with amazing partners, and have huge gratitude for the original AWMC mapmakers who created these tiles in 2014.

Questions about these maptiles or future pedagogy workshops with Pelagios on how to use them can be directed at me. I also want to give a huge thanks to Jay Bowen, our GIS specialist at the Studio, for his aid in coming up with a solution for hosting the maptiles from Iowa.

 

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2021-2022 Annual Report

June 13, 2022 in Report

5-1-2021 to 4-30-2022

ANCIENT WORLD MAPPING CENTER (http://awmc.unc.edu)

Boosted not least by restored access to the Center itself in August after 16 months of remote working, this has been a year of achievement and optimism.  Two most challenging major projects are now all but completed, and the availability of two widely used resources offered by the Center should be restored soon.  In addition, favorable prospects for securing the Center’s future have emerged at last.

Commissioned cartography included one map for Jamie Kreiner’s Battles of the Brain (Liveright), another by Paul Cartledge for the Cambridge World History of Genocide, vol. 1, and five for Pliny the Elder’s World: Natural History Books 2-6, a translation by Brian Turner (former Center Director) and Richard Talbert, forthcoming imminently from Cambridge University Press.  However, by far the largest, most complex commission was 28 maps for a further Cambridge publication, Geographers of the Ancient Greek World edited by Graham Shipley (University of Leicester, U.K.).  This is a massive collaborative translation and commentary for which the Center contributed modest emergency funds last year to ensure timely completion of the text.  The specifications for its varied cartography proved very demanding, with numerous issues of layout and design to be resolved, but the outcome has been highly approved.  Of the 28, only the map (with inset) for Dionysios of Byzantion, Anaplous Bosporou, now awaits completion.    Licences which the Center issued for reproduction of its own previously published maps included one for Jessica Peritz’s article “The Castrato Remains – or, Galvanizing the Corpse of Musical Style” in the Journal of Musicology, and another for a forthcoming exhibition in the Luxembourg Musée National d’Histoire et d’Art about restoration of the Roman mosaic found at Vichten. 

The other most challenging major project now all but completed is the revised Routledge Atlas of Classical History, co-edited by Richard Talbert, Lindsay Holman and Benet Salway (University College London, U.K.).  All 142 full-color maps ranging in size from quarter-page to doublespread and including battle- and city-plans – the work of 30 expert contributors worldwide alongside the co-editors – are now ready.  Only some (overdue) accompanying texts and recommended readings are awaited [these fortunately arrived early in May; by its end the atlas was not just in the publisher’s hands, but also cleared for immediate production].  All four of the Center’s assistants gained the opportunity to revise or draft these maps, Hannah Shealy continuing from last year, now joined by Safiatou Bamba, Bryanna Ledbetter and Rachel Sarvey.  Bryanna also continued her preparation of gazetteers for completed maps.  At the same time Hannah skillfully drafted many of the maps for Geographers of the Ancient Greek World.

With classroom needs further in mind, the Center has initiated a new online Maps for Texts project to equip readers of Livy’s Roman history from the Second Punic War onwards with a 1:750,000 map, building on the recent edition and translation by John Yardley for the Loeb Classical Library; Rachel Sarvey has taken the lead so far.  The Center has also welcomed a request from the American Classical League for collaboration in making map materials available to the teachers nationwide that it represents, and in developing more.

Work has resumed to prepare for release – in the Center’s Maps for Texts series – Miguel Vargas’ map (1:750,000) that plots the spread of Catholic and Donatist bishoprics across North Africa by the early fifth century CE.

The Center has organized Richard Talbert’s extensive collection of maps of Asia Minor/Turkey made during the late 19th and early 20th centuries (Ottoman, British, German, Greek, Italian, Russian especially) to form the basis of an exhibition (primarily virtual) Late Ottoman Turkey in Princeton’s Forgotten Maps, 1883-1923 to be hosted in fall 2022 by Princeton University Library (which holds much of this scattered material, but far from all).  The pathbreaking synergy of this joint initiative promises to have lasting value.  The principal cartographers featured, Heinrich Kiepert and his son Richard, were very preoccupied with classical antiquity, and their long-lasting impact has escaped notice outside Turkey.  The Center’s preparations have notably benefited from Safiatou Bamba’s rare ability to read and translate Ottoman Turkish.

There is now good reason to expect that the frustrating dysfunction of two of the Center’s major digital resources relied upon worldwide is about to be overcome.  Generous efforts by a team at the University of Iowa to provide a fresh basis of support (at least temporarily) for Map Tiles are now at the testing stage; results seem most promising.  A web developer in Belgium has likewise devised a replacement support base for Map A on the Peutinger Map site; its test version too appears to operate soundly.  Restoration of both these resources will be a huge relief.

Because a viable plan has still to be settled for the Center’s future after June 30, 2022 – when Richard Talbert was due to step down – he has agreed to remain in post as part-time research professor for an additional year, encouraged by most supportive discussions with the History Department chair, Senior Associate Dean, and Dean of the College.  All three have committed to urging the new Deans (from June 30, 2022) to authorize an immediate search for a faculty member in History who will both teach ancient history and take charge of the Center.  The Department has ranked this position its top preference for searches in 2022-2023.

Meantime Lindsay Holman – who graduated PhD in August – has been appointed Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Mercyhurst University, Erie, PA, and so is stepping down as Center Director after a remarkable five-year term in this increasingly demanding position.  It is impossible to express adequate thanks for the outstanding service she has so ably rendered throughout as cartographer, organizer, colleague and mentor.  Her departure is a blow, but it should be no surprise that her talents and record attract attention elsewhere.  Also to be thanked warmly are this year’s assistants Bryanna, Hannah, Safiatou and Rachel, the first three of whom are graduating.  For 2022-2023 – envisaged as primarily a year to prepare for transition – Richard Talbert remains in charge, to be assisted by Rachel Sarvey.

Lindsay Holman

Richard Talbert

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Pliny the Elder’s World: Natural History, Books 2-6 Now Published

May 23, 2022 in Interest, Publication

This new translation of Pliny’s Books about the universe and the world by Brian Turner (former Center Director) and Richard Talbert is now available in Europe from Cambridge University Press, and will be published in North America in July.

Pliny the Elder's World

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New Book of Interest

February 12, 2021 in Interest, Publication

This is volume 1 of the first-ever Russian translation of Pliny’s Natural History.  There is a concise apparatus criticus for the Latin text, and concise notes accompany the translation.

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Service Updates

January 26, 2021 in Interest, News

The Center is aware with much regret that two resources it offers are no longer functioning as they should. Unfortunately, in both instances the problems which have arisen lie outside the Center’s control. The Djakota software package which facilitates the functioning of Map A on the Peutinger Map site is now considered outmoded by its provider and thus no longer maintained. Consequently, the background image of the map itself no longer functions. Similarly, Mapbox.com has ceased to support the data format used to create and deliver the Center’s Map Tiles. Any map using Map Tiles is affected in consequence (such as that developed in association with Duane Roller’s translation of Strabo, Geography).

Please be assured that the Center is striving to identify and install satisfactory replacements which will enable these resources to resume functioning. How soon that can be achieved, however, is as yet impossible to say.

Also be assured that the Center’s Antiquity-A-La-Carte is not affected by similar problems, and should continue to function smoothly.

A further update will follow when there is progress to report.

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New Book of Interest

December 1, 2020 in Interest, Publication

Daniela Dueck’s Illiterate Geography in Classical Athens and Rome is now available from Routledge.

Illiterate Geography in Classical Athens and Rome  book cover

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Help Update the Peutinger Map Viewer

September 21, 2020 in E-resource, Interest, News

The Ancient World Mapping Center, in collaboration with the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University, seeks Expressions of Interest from freelance and contract web developers interested in a small project to update components of an online viewer for the so-called “Peutinger Map” of the Roman World. This HTML+JavaScript web application has been in production on the Web since 2011, providing a seamless “pan and zoom” interface to a raster image of the map, with switchable SVG layers highlighting thematic features. Raster tile services were implemented in the application using the free and open-source Djatoka server application, which is now defunct. We seek a developer or small team to replace the raster tile functionality with a modern, maintainable open-source solution, and to repackage the entire application for easier server-side deployment, but with minimal modification to the rest of the software stack.

Interested parties should email ISAW’s Tom Elliott (tom.elliott@nyu.edu) — not later than 6pm US Eastern Standard Time on Thursday, October 1st, 2020 — in order to indicate their interest in learning more about the scope of the project and its technical aspects. Elliott will organize a prospective vendor teleconference or other forum for questions during the month of October, after which AWMC will solicit proposals for completion of the work. Meantime, the code has been posted to GitHub for review by interested parties.

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