This afternoon, the Ancient World Mapping Center is participating in The University of North Carolina‘s annual University Research Day. The Center will be displaying a poster collage of our latest research and programming, especially in regard to Antiquity A-la-carte 3.0. The poster features with special prominence an image of our forthcoming Strabo Online web application in connection with Duane Roller’s new translation of the Geographika for Cambridge University Press. It also displays images of A-la-carte’s capability to map man-made features according to the Pleiades database and the AWMC’s collection of shapefiles, to represent coastal variations both within periods of ancient history and in contrast to the modern topographical aspect, and to map surviving ancient features at tenths-of-a-second accuracy with the use of handheld GPS devices. A PDF file of the poster (licensed under a Creative Commons CC BY License) can be seen here.
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International Conference: Pathways of Communication: Roads and Routes in Anatolia from Prehistory to Seljuk Times
The British Institute at Ankara, in collaboration with Ankara University, is hosting the conference Pathways of Communication: Roads and Routes in Anatolia from Prehistory to Seljuk Times March 20-22, 2014 on the university campus. A programme for the conference can be found here. The conference will devote two panels to “Maps and Digital Mapping” and “Digital Approaches to Roads and Networks.” Prof. Richard Talbert has been invited to speak in a panel at Pathways on the Ancient World Mapping Center’s most recent efforts in “Digital Mapping of Classical Asia Minor and its Routes: Progress and Prospects”.
Upcoming ISAW exhibition: Measuring and Mapping Space: Geographic Knowledge in Greco-Roman Antiquity
The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World has announced its next exhibition, Measuring and Mapping Space: Geographic Knowledge in Greco-Roman Antiquity, to be held October 4, 2013 – January 5, 2014. For further information, visit the exhibition website at http://isaw.nyu.edu/exhibitions.
UPDATE: John Noble Wilford has written a piece about the exhibition for the New York Times “Science” section: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/01/science/legacy-of-greco-roman-mapmaking.html
On May 3, 2013, Richard Talbert will present the 2013 Josephine Earle Memorial Lecture at Hunter College in New York City. The topic of the lecture will be “The World of Roman Sundials: Space, Time, Imagination” and the event will take place from 3:30 to 6:30 PM in the Hunter College-Chanin Language Center, 68th St. and Lexington Avenue, Room B126, West Building, New York NY. For more information, visit the event site.
The College of Charleston (Charleston SC) will host the Theodore B. Guérard Lecture Series: Modeling Connectivity: Cultural Networks in the Ancient Mediterranean on February 21 and 22, 2013. Three speakers – Michael Maas (Rice), Richard Talbert (UNC) and Trevor Harris (West Virginia University) will present papers connected to the theme “Modeling Connectivity: Cultural Networks in the Ancient Mediterranean”. Visit the College of Charleston website for more information.
The Department of Classics at Stanford University is hosting a workshop this weekend (Friday, February 15th to Saturday February 16th) that will include discussion of their own ORBIS application and will feature other presenters, including Richard Talbert, discussing current AWMC initiatives and projects. The event page currently does not list a program, but perhaps one is forthcoming. Among the AWMC products to be discussed by Talbert are the Antiquity À-la-carte application and the prototype of Benthos: Digital Atlas of Ancient Waters.
“Word, Space, Time: Digital Perspectives on the Classical World”, an interdisciplinary conference organized by the Digital Classics Association
The University at Buffalo – SUNY will host a conference on “Word, Space, Time: Digital Perspectives on the Classical World“ organized by the Digital Classics Association from April 5 – 6, 2013, in Buffalo NY. The conference program includes a stimulating line-up of the latest in digital applications as they relate to the ancient world, including presentations by Ryan Horne (UNC) and Tom Elliott (NYU ISAW). Registration information is available online.
This past week Richard Talbert served as the inaugural Suzanne Deal Booth Scholar-in-Residence at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, Italy. Talbert visited Rome where he conducted a program of special lectures and site visits for the students in the program. At the Centro Talbert’s lecture on “The Magnificent Peutinger Map” introduced students to the Peutinger Map and issues related to the ancient Roman world view. Another part of the program included a site visit to the Curia Iulia in the Forum Romanum in order to discuss the history and procedures of the ancient Roman Senate, the subject of a standard work by Talbert. Yet another component of the visit involved a trip to the Museo della Civiltà Romana in EUR. Here students had the rare opportunity to view several key fragments of the fascinating and singular ancient representation of the city of Rome commonly referred to as the Forma Urbis Romae. In addition, in a seminar Talbert and the students explored the world views to be glimpsed in Greek and Roman portable sundials.
Photographs courtesy Daniel Berman, Francesco Sgariglia, and ICCS Rome.
This year AWMC has two of its affiliated projects listed as finalists in the Innovative Use of GIS Competition. This competition, organized by Amanda C. Henley, UNC’s GIS Librarian, highlights innovative work by students (both undergraduate and graduate) using GIS in their research. The finalists will present their work at an open session on November 14, 2012, in Davis Library 214. Members of the UNC community are encouraged to attend the presentations. The event is being sponsored by the University Library, and The Department of Geography. The schedule is as follows:
Schedule of Events
- 3:00-4:00pm: First group of finalist presentations
- 4:00-4:30pm: Refreshments, Visit with GIS Professionals
- 4:30-5:30pm: Second group of finalist presentations
The AWMC projects being considered as finalists are:
- 3:20-3:40pm: Ryan Horne (ABD in History) – “Antiquity À-la-carte“
- 5:10-5:30pm: Steve Burges (UNC class of 2013) – “The Birth of the Forum Romanum: A 3D Reconstruction of Early Rome’s Terrain“