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2022-2023 Annual Report

June 28, 2023 in E-resource, Interest, News, Report, Site Information

5-1-2022 to 4-30-2023 ANCIENT WORLD MAPPING CENTER (

The plan was that this should be a transitional year with minimal staff dedicated primarily to completing projects and readying the Center for a new phase. In large measure that goal has been achieved, with a high level of activity throughout the year, and several projects now thankfully finished or almost – in particular, the revised Atlas of Classical History co-edited by Richard Talbert, Lindsay Holman and Benet Salway. This underwent its arduous paging and proofing stages during the summer and fall. However, once all components in final form (xiv + 250 pages, 142 full-color maps) were eventually dispatched to printers in the US and Europe just before Christmas, Routledge’s publication of the Atlas soon had to be set back a month (to March 2023), because the US advance copies were found to be all in grayscale; so this flawed print-run had to be replaced by one in color. Altogether the revision provides powerful testimony to how rewardingly scholarship, resources and technology have advanced since the original edition appeared in 1985 (when color printing was out of the question !).

Also completed were all 28 maps made for the major collaborative work Geographers of the Ancient Greek World, edited by Graham Shipley; proofs are expected from Cambridge University Press during summer 2023. Around that time, too, the Center should release – in its online Maps for Texts series – Catholic and Donatist Bishoprics in North Africa around the Time of the Conference of Carthage, 411 C.E. (1:750,000 scale), together with two concisely annotated lists: Bishoprics Marked on the Map, and Bishoprics Missing from the Map for Lack of Evidence. This exceptionally extensive and complex map stems in the first instance from Serge Lancel’s magisterial analysis in his Actes de la Conférence de Carthage en 411 vol. IV (1991) and from the Barrington Atlas; the map also reflects subsequent scholarship and fresh discoveries, as well as integrating relevant entries in pleiades. Begun by Miguel Vargas and Lindsay Holman, the map now approaches completion thanks notably to expert advice given by Profs. Bruce Hitchner (Tufts University, MA) and Anna Leone (University of Durham, U.K.).

Intense effort enabled the Center to prepare, organize and deliver to Princeton University Library’s Geospatial and Information Center the several hundred maps and associated materials to be presented in the joint virtual exhibition Late Ottoman Turkey in Princeton’s Forgotten Maps, 1883-1923. This was launched in December as planned, with an impressive selection of both scans and original maps displayed at the Library, and an introductory talk there by Richard Talbert, accessible online. Even so, the great quantity of items to be presented in the innovative StoryMaps format by the Library’s already stretched staff made it impractical to launch the entire virtual exhibition as a single item. Instead, a division into five successive parts was devised, the first three of which can already be viewed, with the final two to follow during summer 2023. The three present: Kiepert maps; British mapping of Ottoman Turkey; and Greek and Italian mapping of Ottoman Turkey. The final two parts present mainly Ottoman maps. Earlier, the Center prepared the many figures for Richard Talbert’s related article “The exploration of Asia Minor: Kiepert maps unmentioned by Ronald Syme and Louis Robert,” published in the online journal History of Classical Scholarship vol. 4.

Two commissions were completed during the year: maps for Jeffrey Smith, The Corinthian War, 395-387 BC: The Twilight of Sparta’s Empire (Pen & Sword), and for Stephen Mitchell, The Christians of Phrygia from Rome to the Turkish Conquest (Brill). Two other commissions were nearing completion at year’s end: maps for John Donahue and Lee Brice (eds.), Brill’s Companion to Diet and Logistics in Greek and Roman Warfare, and for Michael Maas and Fay Yarbrough (eds.), Knowing Indigeneity in Rome and America: Comparative Perspectives in the Imperial Interface (University of Oklahoma Press). Permissions granted for use of the Center’s maps included one to Lauren Curtis for Imprints of Dance in Greek and Roman Antiquity / Improntas de Danza Antigua (UAM Ediciones), and another for Magarethe Billerbeck’s edition of Dionysius of Byzantium, Anaplous of the Bosporus (Schwabe); for licenses to adapt maps, one to Marcos Moyses for Emperors and Rhetoricians: Panegyric, Communication, and Power in the Fourth-Century Roman Empire (University of California Press). Demand for the Center’s Wall Maps has remained active, as also for its Asia Minor in the Second Century C.E.

By good fortune, a search for an ancient historian to join the Department of History faculty was at last authorized this year, and Henry Gruber appointed as assistant professor. While enthusiastic about the Center, he is understandably hesitant to commit to involvement with it at once. Richard Talbert will therefore remain in charge for 2023-2024, to be assisted again by Rachel Sarvey, who merits gratitude and praise for her versatile skills, creativity and perseverance. Talbert and Sarvey will now be joined (remotely, part-time) by Dr. Gabriel Moss, former Center director. His return is warmly welcomed. Among other benefits, it will facilitate the recruitment and training of several student assistants once again, and the resumption of a fuller program.

Richard Talbert

Rachel Sarvey

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Revised Atlas of Classical History Now Published March 2023

March 20, 2023 in E-resource, Interest, News

Atlas of Classical History flyer 2-01

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Mapping Ottoman Turkey 1883-1923 Virtual Exhibition URL CORRECTION

December 9, 2022 in E-resource, Interest, News

Part I of the exhibition can now be viewed, but – apologies – the url has changed to:

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Mapping Ottoman Turkey 1883-1923 Virtual Exhibition

November 29, 2022 in Interest, News

The exhibition will be launched with a talk at Princeton University Library on Monday, December 5th.  To register, visit

To view the exhibition from December 5th onwards, visit

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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:

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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
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 ( 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 (

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
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Department Contact Name and Title David Culclasure, Business Officer
Department Contact Telephone or Email
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

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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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:

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.

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:

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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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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Call to Help Update the Peutinger Map Viewer

August 30, 2021 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 replace an online viewer for the so-called “Peutinger Map” of the Roman World. The current 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 application with a new software stack that makes as much use as possible of off-the-shelf, free and open-source code as possible, and that leverages applicable widely-used standards like the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF).

Interested parties should email ISAW’s Tom Elliott ( — not later than 6pm US Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 — 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.

This call supersedes that made on September 21, 2020.

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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.