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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”.



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.


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

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.



Stanford hosts “The Future of ORBIS Workshop”

February 14, 2013 in Interest, News, Presentation

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.


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


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



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.


Richard Talbert serves as inaugural Suzanne Deal Booth Scholar-in-Residence at ICCS-Rome

November 29, 2012 in Interest, News, Presentation

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.


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


Launching New AWMC Website!

October 3, 2012 in News, Site Information

Recently the Center has been able to acquire its own server, so this is the ideal opportunity to revise and upgrade the website now launched here. The new site provides a robust platform to host the Center’s activities, especially its online initiatives Antiquity À-la-carte and the newly conceived Benthos project. Please explore and enjoy. You are encouraged to join the AWMC community and participate by registering yourself as a user of the site. The Center can only function with much valued support from donors. If you too would like to make a contribution, please visit the Support AWMC page.

Special thanks to UNC ITS Research Computing, especially Joe Ryan and Steven Fishback, for their assistance in setting up the server infrastructure.


15th Annual Christopher Roberts Lecture at Dickinson College

August 24, 2012 in Presentation

photo ofOn September 22, 2012, Richard Talbert will serve as the respondent for a lecture given by Walter Scheidel (Stanford University) entitled, “Redrawing the Map of the Roman World.” This lecture and response is offered as part of the 15th Annual Christopher Roberts Lecture at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.  Scheidel will discuss, in part, his online project “ORBIS: The Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World”.