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Cambridge University Press Publishes The Geography of Strabo

August 21, 2014 in Antiquity À-la-carte, E-resource, Publication

 

Strabo ImageDuane W. Roller’s remarkable new English translation of Strabo’s Geography is now available from Cambridge University Press ( ISBN: 9781107038257; e-book ISBN: 9781139950374). To accompany it, the Center has produced a seamless, interactive online map which is accessible free: http://awmc.unc.edu/awmc/applications/strabo.  The map is built on the Antiquity À-la-carte interface, and has immense coverage because it plots all the locatable geographical and cultural features mentioned in the 17 books of this fundamentally important Greek source – over 3,000 of them, stretching from Ireland to the Ganges delta and deep into north Africa. In the e-version of the translation, the gazetteer offers embedded hyperlinks to each toponym’s stable URI within the digital module, making it possible to move directly between Strabo’s text and its cartographic realization.  

 

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International Conference: Pathways of Communication: Roads and Routes in Anatolia from Prehistory to Seljuk Times

February 28, 2014 in Interest, News, Presentation

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”.

 

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New publication of interest: A Brief History of the Romans, 2nd ed by Boatwright, Gargola, Lenski, and Talbert

October 31, 2013 in Interest, News, Publication

brief_romans_2_ed_coverThe 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.

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Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World for iPad 2+

October 31, 2013 in E-resource, Interest, News, Publication

Home pagePrinceton 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.

UPDATE 2:  The Roman archaeology blog [quem dixere chaos] has posted a long review of the app, with several screenshots and summaries of the app’s functionalities.

 

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Cultural heritage online

October 19, 2012 in E-resource, Interest, News

Screenshot from UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Recently a number of excellent online geographic compendia to archaeological sites have begun to appear on the web. These sites take advantage of the possibilities of linked data and the functionality of GIS-oriented interfaces, allowing the user to access both cartographic (spatial) and contextual information. Not only are such sites stimulating – both visually and intellectually – but they provide a vital service in creating online compendia that allow a wider public to know about and appreciate cultural heritage sites and, in particular, to be made aware of the degree to which many such sites find themselves in peril, whether due to neglect, open warfare or diminishing budgetary resources. Such compendia can, hopefully, encourage all of us to be better stewards of our cultural heritage and, perhaps, the web can be a place to cut across nationalistic boundaries. Chuck Jones recently profiled online e-resources for maps on his AWOL blog – a valuable listing that everyone should bookmark. Furthermore, our partner project Pleaides and our colleagues at the Pelagios Project continue to lead the way in creating stable identifiers for linked ancient world data, enabling online collaboration in the form of a geographic lingua franca. Hopefully stewardship – and its increasingly important place online – benefits from the efforts to develop and maintain these resources.

We’d like to here highlight a few notable sites in the vein discussed above.

  1. La carte nationale des sites archéologiques et des monuments historiques, Tunisie; La carte nationale des sites archéologiques et des monuments historiques : feuilles 1/50 000
  2. MEGAJordan: A State-of-the-Art System for Jordan’s Archaeological Sites
  3. Mappa dei Monumenti del Centro Storico di Roma
  4. UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  5. Portable Antiquities Scheme
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The Archaeology of the Holy Land: From the Destruction of Solomon’s Temple to the Muslim Conquest (Cambridge 2012)

October 16, 2012 in News, Publication

The Archaeology of the Holy Land

The Archaeology of the Holy Land: From the Destruction of Solomon’s Temple to the Muslim Conquest (2012; ISBN: 9780521124133)

Jodi Magness’ The Archaeology of the Holy Land: From the Destruction of Solomon’s Temple to the Muslim Conquest (2012; ISBN: 9780521124133) has appeared from Cambridge University Press and includes a set of maps produced by AWMC.

 

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Richard Talbert publishes ‘Maps’ as part of Oxford Bibliographies Online (Classics)

August 23, 2012 in Publication

Richard Talbert has contributed a new bibliography of ‘Maps’ to the Classics segment of the Oxford Bibliographies Online project. The website “offers exclusive, authoritative research guides. Combining the best features of an annotated bibliography and a high-level encyclopedia, this cutting-edge resource guides researchers to the best available scholarship across a wide variety of subjects.” Talbert’s contribution comprises information on maps and mapmaking in Classical antiquity.

Many institutions subscribe to Oxford Bibliographies; otherwise contact Oxford University Press for subscription information here.

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AWMC Asia Minor map to be displayed in Bulgaria

August 23, 2012 in Presentation, Wall Maps

Richard Talbert and Brian Turner will display a draft version of AWMC’s Map of Asia Minor Around 100 C.E. at the upcoming XII International Limes Congress to be held in Ruse, Bulgaria, in September 2012.

For more information on the congress, email the organizers.

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New Volume of Interest: The Romans: From Village to Empire. A History of Rome from Earliest Times to the End of the Western Empire [2nd edition; 2011]

January 11, 2012 in Class Maps, Publication

The second edition of The Romans: From Village to Empire by M. T. Boatwright, D. Gargola, N. Lenski, and R. J. A. Talbert is now available from Oxford University Press and features over 30 new maps and plans by the Ancient World Mapping Center. Electronic versions (.pdf format) of all maps may be downloaded here.

 

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Upcoming AWMC presentation: A Map of Asia Minor Around 100 C.E. by Talbert, Turner, and Becker

December 20, 2011 in Presentation

AWMC is pleased to be presenting a draft version of its new 1:750,000 scale map of Asia Minor around 100 C.E. Compiled by R. J. A. Talbert, B. D. Turner, and J. A. Becker, the full-color map will debut at the 2012 meetings of the Archaeological Institute of America in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 6 January 2012. The map will be shown as part of the AIA’s ‘poster session’ at the annual meeting.

The leaflet accompanying the map is linked here.

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