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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:  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.  



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,, is forthcoming.


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.


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



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

 Ancient Perspectives

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


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.



Roman Roads and Milestones, ‘Imperial: Galatia Milestones’ by David French

September 27, 2012 in Publication

galatia_cover.jpgThe British Institute at Ankara has announced the publication of  two new fascicles of David French’s Corpus of the Milestones of Roman Asia Minor that may be downloaded as free .pdf files from the Institute’s website. Read more here.


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.


UNC Press publishes Rivers and the Power of Ancient Rome by Brian Campbell

August 23, 2012 in Interest, News, Publication

Rivers and the Power of Ancient Rome (2012)

UNC Press has published Brian Campbell‘s latest monograph entitled Rivers and the Power of Ancient Rome (2012). In the book, Campbell explores the role and influence of rivers and their surrounding landscape on the society and culture of the Roman Empire. The monograph includes series of maps produced by AWMC.

608 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 19 halftones, 4 figs., 20 maps, appends., notes, bibl., index

Studies in the History of Greece and Rome


ISBN  978-0-8078-3480-0

Published: August 2012


Volumes of Interest

May 24, 2012 in Publication

Several new books of interest have appeared recently. These are Highways, Byways, and Road Systems in the Pre-Modern World (S. E. Alcock, J. Bodel, and R. J. A. Talbert edd.; Wiley-Blackwell, 2012) and M. T. Boatwright Peoples of the Roman World (Cambridge, 2012) and the Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage (S. Brock et al. edd., 2012). All three volumes include original map content produced by AWMC.