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Tauris re-prints An Atlas of Ancient Geography, Biblical and Classical: Maps of the Ancient World by William Smith

March 28, 2013 in Interest, News, Publication

81ZsbKDSKsL._SL1500_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.”

Hardback

ISBN: 9781848853522
Publication Date: 28 Feb 2013
Number of Pages: 240
Height: 495
Width: 319

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ISAW publishes Hatke Aksum and Nubia: Warfare, Commerce, and Political Fictions in Ancient Northeast Africa (NYU 2013).

March 1, 2013 in Interest, News, Publication

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G. Hatke 2013. Aksum and Nubia: Warfare, Commerce, and Political Fictions in Ancient Northeast Africa (NYU) ISBN: 0-8147-6066-X

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.

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New title concering the Artemidorus Papyrus

March 1, 2013 in Interest, News, Publication

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 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.

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New title of interest: M. Scott. Space and Society in the Greek and Roman Worlds (Cambridge, 2013)

February 14, 2013 in News, Publication

Space and Society in the Greek and Roman Worlds

Michael Scott. 2013. Space and Society in the Greek and Roman Worlds. Cambridge University Press. ISBN-13: 9781107401501.

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.

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New title of interest: Geography and the Classical World: Unearthing Historical Geography’s Forgotten Past

January 25, 2013 in Interest, Publication

Geography and the Classical World: Unearthing Historical Geography's Forgotten Past (Tauris Historical Geography Series)

Geography and the Classical World: Unearthing Historical Geography’s Forgotten Past (Tauris Historical Geography Series); William A. Koelsch. 2012; ISBN-13: 978-1780760643.

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.”

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The Romans From Village to Empire: A History of Rome from Earliest Times to Constantine (Boatwright, Gargola, & Talbert, 2004) now available in Czech

December 20, 2012 in Interest, Publication

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Dějiny římské rise: od nejranějších časů po Konstantina Velikého
(Boatwright Mary T., Gargola Daniel J., Talbert Richard J. A. 2004) ISBN-13:978-80-247-3168-1

A Czech language edition of The Romans From Village to Empire: A History of Rome from Earliest Times to Constantine (Boatwright, Gargola, & Talbert, 2004) is now available from Grada Publishing.

Information on the Czech edition:

TItle: Dějiny římské rise: od nejranějších časů po Konstantina Velikého

ISBN-13:978-80-247-3168-1

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Talbert reviews Geography in Classical Antiquity (Cambridge, 2012)

December 12, 2012 in Interest, Publication

Geography in Classical Antiquity

D. Dueck. 2012. Geography in Classical Antiquity. Cambridge University Press.

Richard Talbert recently reviewed D. Dueck. 2012. Geography in Classical Antiquity (Key Themes in Ancient History) Cambridge University Press. (ISBN-13: 9780521120258). Check it out at BMCR.

Publisher’s Details:

  • 4 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 160 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.26 kg

Addendum (1-March 2013): review by G. Irby in Ancient History Bulletin.

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Encyclopedia of Ancient History now published

December 5, 2012 in Interest, Publication

The Encyclopedia of Ancient History (R. Bagnall et al. edd. 2012; 13 v. Wiley-Blackwell) ISBN-13: 9781405179355.

The Encyclopedia of Ancient History (R. Bagnall et al. edd. 2012; Wiley-Blackwell) is now available and will offer both print and online editions. The work collects “over 5,000 original entries spanning the late Bronze Age through the seventh century CE. Entries extend to all Mediterranean civilizations, including the Near East and Egypt, and represent an unprecedented level of coverage of the ancient world” in 13 print volumes. AWMC created original map content to accompany the articles in the EAH. More information is available on the publisher’s website.

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Imperial Rome AD 193 to 284: The Critical Century (Edinburgh 2012)

November 14, 2012 in Interest, Publication

Imperial Rome AD 193 to 284: The Critical Century (2012; ISBN-13: 9780748620500)

Clifford Ando’s Imperial Rome AD 193 to 284: The Critical Century has appeared from Edinburgh University Press (2012) and features map content generated by AWMC.

From the publisher’s website: “The Roman empire during the period framed by the accession of Septimus Severus in 193 and the rise of Diocletian in 284 has conventionally been regarded as one of ‘crisis’. Between 235 and 284, at least eighteen men held the throne of the empire, for an average of less than three years, a reckoning which does not take into account all the relatives and lieutenants with whom those men shared power. Compared to the century between the accession of Nerva and the death of Commodus, this appears to be a period of near unintelligibility. The middle of the century also witnessed catastrophic, if temporary, ruptures in the territorial integrity of the empire. At slightly different times, large portions of the eastern and western halves of the empire passed under the control of powers and principalities who assumed the mantle of Roman government and exercised meaningful and legitimate juridical, political and military power over millions. The success and longevity of those political formations reflected local responses to the collapse of Roman governmental power in the face of extraordinary pressure on its borders. Even those regions that remained Roman were subjected to depredation and pillage by invading armies. The Roman peace, which had become in the last instance the justification for empire, had been shattered. In this pioneering history Clifford Ando describes and integrates the contrasting histories of different parts of the empire and assesses the impacts of administrative, political and religious change.”

Publication Date: Jun 2012 | Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm | Extent: 272 pages | Illustrations: 23 bw Ill., 5 maps | ISBN: 9780748620500 | Series: The Edinburgh History of Ancient Rome

 

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Ancient Perspectives: Maps and Their Place in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome (Chicago 2012; ed. R. J. A. Talbert)

November 5, 2012 in Interest, News, Publication

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Ancient Perspectives: Maps and Their Place in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome

The University of Chicago Press is about to release Ancient Perspectives: Maps and Their Place in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome, edited by Richard J. A. Talbert.

From the publisher’s website: “Ancient Perspectives encompasses a vast arc of space and time—Western Asia to North Africa and Europe from the third millennium BCE to the fifth century CE—to explore mapmaking and worldviews in the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. In each society, maps served as critical economic, political, and personal tools, but there was little consistency in how and why they were made. Much like today, maps in antiquity meant very different things to different people. Ancient Perspectives presents an ambitious, fresh overview of cartography and its uses. The seven chapters range from broad-based analyses of mapping in Mesopotamia and Egypt to a close focus on Ptolemy’s ideas for drawing a world map based on the theories of his Greek predecessors at Alexandria. The remarkable accuracy of Mesopotamian city-plans is revealed, as is the creation of maps by Romans to support the proud claim that their emperor’s rule was global in its reach. By probing the instruments and techniques of both Greek and Roman surveyors, one chapter seeks to uncover how their extraordinary planning of roads, aqueducts, and tunnels was achieved. Even though none of these civilizations devised the means to measure time or distance with precision, they still conceptualized their surroundings, natural and man-made, near and far, and felt the urge to record them by inventive means that this absorbing volume reinterprets and compares.”

The volume includes essays authored by Georgia L. Irby, Alexander Jones, Michael Lewis, David O’Connor, Francesca Rochberg, Benet Salway, and Richard J.A. Talbert.

280 pages | 9 color plates, 82 halftones, 34 line drawings, 2 tables | 7 x 10 | © 2012 The Kenneth Nebenzahl, Jr., Lectures in the History of Cartography

ISBN-13: 978-0-226-78937-8

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