Matthew Edney, director of the History of Cartography Project at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has produced an annotated bibliography on “History of Cartography” for Oxford Bibliographies Online under the subject “Geography”. This bibliography includes: General Overviews; Overviews by Period and Culture; The Field of Study; Technical Aspects of Map Making; Map Forms; Cartographic Modes or Ways of Acting with Maps; Government, Politics, and Cartography; Commerce, Public Discourse, and Identity Mapping; and Maps and Historical Practice.
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New publication of interest: A Brief History of the Romans, 2nd ed by Boatwright, Gargola, Lenski, and Talbert
The second edition of A Brief History of the Romans by M. T. Boatwright, D. Gargola, N. Lenski, and R. J. A. Talbert is now available from Oxford University Press, featuring new map content generated by the Ancient World Mapping Center. A companion website, www.oup.com/us/boatwright, is forthcoming.
Princeton University Press and the Ancient World Mapping Center are pleased to announce the release of the Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World app for iPad 2+ on November 21, 2013. For the full press release and screenshots of the app, see http://blog.press.princeton.edu/barrington-atlas-of-the-greek-and-roman-world-app-available-november-21-2013/
UPDATE: The final release date for this app is Monday, December 2.
New publication of interest: Reflectance Transformation Imaging of a ‘Byzantine’ portable sundial by Bevan, Lehoux, and Talbert
George Bevan and Daryn Lehoux of Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, CA and Richard Talbert of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have published a new article, Reflectance Transformation Imaging of a ‘Byzantine’ portable sundial, in Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 187 (2013). This article should be of special interest to RTI enthusiasts and to anyone curious about the application of digital photography methods to ancient history and archaeology. It is an illustration of the remarkable advances that RTI can provide over autopic examination alone. The article will not be available for Open Access download until one year after initial publication.
UPDATE: A .pdf file of the article is provided here: ZPE 187-bevan-lehoux-talbert
Chinese scholar Feng Ding Xiong (Zhejiang Ocean University Zhoushan 316000 China) has produced a new monograph entitled Roman Roads and Roman Society that has now been issued by the China Social Sciences Press (pub. date 2012; ISBN-13: 9787516113813). It does not appear that any Western libraries yet hold this title, but a copy kindly sent by the author will be deposited in the library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The Chinese-language monograph does include an English table of contents.
Tauris re-prints An Atlas of Ancient Geography, Biblical and Classical: Maps of the Ancient World by William Smith
Publisher I. B. Tauris has re-printed William Smith’s landmark nineteenth century work An Atlas of Ancient Geography, Biblical and Classical: Maps of the Ancient World. The new edition includes an introduction written by Richard Talbert. See Tauris’ website for ordering information. The publisher’s description, in part, states “Published to complement his Greek and Roman dictionaries, “An Atlas of Ancient Geography, Biblical and Classical” by Sir William Smith is the rarest and most visually compelling of the volumes. Produced to the highest standard by the leading mapmaker of the day, the maps – large-scale, small-scale, historical, topographical, multiple city plans and other insets – are clear, detailed, intricately colored works of art. “The Atlas” provides the first complete set of maps of the ancient world, both classical and biblical. A full index of names and places, both ancient and modern, accompanies each of the larger maps. For each map there is also an accompanying text, giving sources and authorities for them.”
Publication Date: 28 Feb 2013
Number of Pages: 240
ISAW publishes Hatke Aksum and Nubia: Warfare, Commerce, and Political Fictions in Ancient Northeast Africa (NYU 2013).
A digital monograph from Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) has appeared. George Hatke’s Aksum and Nubia: Warfare, Commerce, and Political Fictions in Ancient Northeast Africa (ISAW NYU 2013) ISBN: 0-8147-6066-X (alk. paper) is available as an e-book and as a traditional print publication. Its topic treats ancient Northeast Africa and includes three custom-made maps produced by AWMC. The electronic version is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution No-derivatives License.
A new title of interest has appeared on the ongoing study of the Artemidorus Papyrus. This title, edited by C. Gallazzi, B. Kramer, and S. Settis is Intorno al Papiro di Artemidoro, III. Geografia e Cartografia: Atti del Convegno internazionale del 27 novembre 2009 presso la Società Geografica Italiana. Villa Celimontana, Roma (LED, 2012). ISBN-13: 9788879165082.
A new volume of interest has appeared from Cambridge University Press that is of interest for the geography of the ancient world. Michael Scott’s Space and Society in the Greek and Roman World treats various topics related to the spatial experience of Greek and Roman landscapes. The publisher’s blurb: “We cannot properly understand history without a full appreciation of the spaces through which its actors moved, whether in the home or in the public sphere, and the ways in which they thought about and represented the spaces of their worlds. In this book Michael Scott employs the full range of literary, epigraphic and archaeological evidence in order to demonstrate the many different ways in which spatial analysis can illuminate our understanding of Greek and Roman society and the ways in which these societies thought of, and interacted with, the spaces they occupied and created. Through a series of innovative case studies of texts, physical spaces and cultural constructs, ranging geographically across North Africa, Greece and Roman Italy, as well as an up-to-date introduction on spatial scholarship, this book provides an ideal starting point for students and non-specialists.” More information here.
New title of interest: Geography and the Classical World: Unearthing Historical Geography’s Forgotten Past
A recent publication of interest has appeared from I.B. Tauris – Geography and the Classical World: Unearthing Historical Geography’s Forgotten Past (Tauris Historical Geography Series) by William A. Koelsch. From the publisher’s blurb: “Geography and the Classical World is the first full-length study to explore the emergence of classical geography – the geographical study of the ancient Mediterranean, in particular the worlds of ancient Greece and Rome. With adventurous beginnings in the Society of Dilettanti, the subject flourished in both Britain and America, as geographers, explorers, classicists and historians all contributed to its rise. But in the 1920s it went into decline, and an important part of the geographical and classical tradition was lost. In recovering this field of inquiry that once lay at the heart of both geography and the classical tradition, Professor Koelsch has written a pioneering work of outstanding scholarship that will be of interest to historical geographers, classicists, historians and students of the classical tradition.”