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New Entry in Maps for Texts series

December 20, 2018 in Publication

The Center is pleased to announce that the latest entry in the Maps for Texts series, Dionysius of Byzantium, Anaplous of the Bosporus, is now available. The Center’s single, static map is at a scale of 1:100,000. The place names follow the forms as in the text of Rudolf Güngerich (1927, reprinted 1958). Ancient cultural and geographic data follows data derived from Barrington Atlas Map 53 compiled by C. Foss and its Directory. For a link to download the map please email awmc@unc.edu.

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Wall Maps Published in 2011 Now Re-Issued

November 28, 2018 in Publication

The seven large Wall Maps produced by the Center and published by Routledge in 2011 have gone out of print, and the rights have reverted to the Center. We are pleased to make all seven available digitally (Map 6 now incorporating small corrections). Please email awmc@unc.edu for a link to download one or more files. It is possible to print from these files. The series is openly licensed under Creative Commons by 4.0.

• View all seven maps both from a distance and up close. • Designed for use, not by specialists, but by students new to antiquity and by their instructors in introductory courses. • Clear, uncluttered presentation of places and features most likely to be encountered at this entry level. • Familiar English forms for names are normally marked (except on Map 7). No accompanying text or gazetteer. • Locator outline shows the scope of each map in relation to others in the set, incorporating the boundaries and names (abbreviated) of the modern countries covered.

Dimensions (in inches) are for the entire map, width x height. All maps are plotted on 300dpi satellite images in the public domain; landscape is returned to its ancient aspect. Inks/color palette: red, green, blue.

1. (70 x 50) Egypt and the Near East, 3000 to 1200 BCE. Scale: 1:1,750,000.

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2. (70 x 50) Egypt and the Near East, 1200 to 500 BCE. Scale: 1:1,750,000.

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3. (66 x 48) Greece and the Aegean in the Fifth Century BCE. Scale: 1:750,000.

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4. (65 x 35) Greece and Persia in the Time of Alexander the Great. Scale: 1:4,000,000.

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5. (70 x 58) Italy in the Mid-First Century CE. Scale: 1:775,000.

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6. (65 x 50) The World of the New Testament and the Journeys of Paul. Scale: 1:1,750,000. Inset “New Testament Palestine” (Scale 1:350,000).

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7. (75 x 56) The Roman Empire around 200 CE. Scale: 1:3,000,000.

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New Entry in Maps for Texts series

November 14, 2018 in Publication

The Center is happy to announce our latest entry: The Black Sea Region Described by Arrian around 130 C.E., in the Maps for Texts series is now available online. The single static map matches the scale (1:750,000) and presentation of the Center’s Asia Minor in the Second Century C.E. (2017). The map is accompanied by a listing of the names in Arrian’s Periplus, with references to the Barrington Atlas and its Directory, and to the editions by Alain Silberman (1995) and Aidan Liddle (2003). This listing of names is available via dropbox. For a link to download the map, which prints at 86 in by 45 in (at 300 dpi), please email awmc@unc.edu.

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Digital Cartography: New Maps, Ancient History, November 2-3, Conference Program

October 5, 2018 in Conference, Interest

Digital Cartography: New Maps, Ancient History

Nov. 2-3, 2018

A conference co-sponsored by the Ancient World Mapping Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and Duke University’s Departments of Classical Studies and of Art, Art History & Visual Studies

All are welcome.  There is no registration fee, but do please notify us by October 28th that you plan to come on either or both days: just send a message with your name to awmc@unc.edu, with “Conference 2018” in the message subject line.  You will then receive details about the UNC-Duke Robertson bus and Saturday parking at Duke.



Friday, November 2nd 

2.15-3.45 pm  AWMC Open House – drop in at your convenience – with demonstration of current work there, Ancient World Mapping Center, UNC, Chapel Hill, Davis Library 5010

5.15-6.45 pm  (Rubenstein 249, in Duke University Rubenstein Library, West Campus)  Welcome, and Keynote Address by Dr. George Bevan (Queen’s University, Ontario),

“Photogrammetry and Heritage Documentation in the 21st Century: Lessons from the Past and Challenges for the Future”

7.00-8.00 pm  (Duke University Bryan Center)  Reception

Saturday, November 3rd     

(Rubenstein 249, in Duke University Rubenstein Library, for the entire day)

9.00 am  Coffee, tea, juices, pastries 


Session 1  (chair: Mary T. Boatwright)

9.15-9.50 am  Christopher S. Saladin (University of Minnesota), “City in Transition: Mapping the Transformation of Ancient Carthage”

9.50-10.25 am  Loren T. Cowdery (University of Minnesota), “In Search of a Blueprint: Using GIS to Map the Republican Empire in the Western Mediterranean”

10.25-11.00 am  Gabriel Moss (UNC, Chapel Hill), “Mapping the Jewish Revolt (66-73 CE):     A GIS Analysis of Provincial Resistance”


11.00-11.20 am  Break  (coffee, tea, juices, pastries) 


Session 2  (chair: Maurizio Forte)

11.20-11.55 am  Chad Uhl (University of Kansas, Lawrence), “Quod versu dicere non est. Implications of the Unnamed Oppidulum in Horace’s Satires 1.5”

11.55am-12.30 pm  Micah Myers and Joseph Murphy (Kenyon College), “Teaching Roman Mobility: Digital Visualization in the Classroom and in Undergraduate Research”

12.30-1.05 pm  Lindsey A. Mazurek (University of Oregon) and Cavan W. Concannon (University of Southern California), “Mapping Social History: New Approaches to Epigraphy at Ostia”


1.05-2.15 pm   Lunch  (Duke campus eateries in the Brodhead Center – on your own)


Session 3  (chair: Richard Talbert)

2.15-2.50 pm  Katherine McCusker (Duke University) and Antonio LoPiano (Duke University), “Secrets Beneath the Surface: GPR and Remote Sensing at Vulci”

2.50-3.25 pm  Kristen Jones (Queen’s University, Ontario), “Mapping the Original Location of the Forma Urbis Romae: Digital Methods and Technical Constraints”

3.25-4.00 pm  Adam Mertel, Peter Ondrejka, David Zbíral, Hana Hořínková (Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic), “Early Christian Baptisteries – From Geocoding to Space-time Exploration”


4.00 pm  Closing remarks

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New Book of Interest

October 5, 2018 in Interest, Publication

AWMC Founder Richard Talbert’s new book, Challenges of Mapping the Classical World is now available from Routledge, in hardcover and as an e-book.Challenges of Mapping the Classical World (Hardback) book cover

About the book: Challenges of Mapping the Classical World collects together in one volume fourteen varied items written by Richard Talbert over the past thirty years. They cohere around the theme of mapping the classical world since the nineteenth century. All were originally prompted by Talbert’s commission in the late 1980s to produce a definitive classical atlas after more than a century of failed attempts by the Kieperts and others. These he evaluates, as well as probing the Smith/Grove atlas, a successful twenty-year initiative launched in the mid-1850s, with a cartographic approach that departs radically from established practice. Talbert’s initial vision for the international collaborative project that resulted in the Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World (2000) is presented, and the successive twice-yearly reports on its progress from 1991 through to completion are published here for the first time. A further item reflects retrospectively on the project’s cartographic challenges and on how developments in digital map production were decisive in overcoming them. This volume will be invaluable to anyone with an interest in the development and growing impact of mapping the classical world.


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Digital Cartography: New Maps, Ancient History, Call For Papers Deadline Extended (September 19, 2018)

September 12, 2018 in Conference

Due to Hurricane Florence, the deadline for abstract submissions has been extended to September 19, 2018.

Digital Cartography: New Maps, Ancient History

November 2 and 3, 2018

at Duke University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Co-organizers: Mary T. Boatwright, Maurizio Forte, Richard Talbert

Keynote speaker: Dr George Bevan, Associate Professor of Geography and Planning (cross-appointed to Art History/Conservation, Geological Science and Engineering, and Classics), Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada

Duke’s Departments of Classical Studies and of Art and Art History and Visual Studies, in partnership with the Ancient World Mapping Center at UNC Chapel Hill, seek paper proposals for Digital Cartography, a conference on digital mapping and its multiple potential applications for a richer understanding of ancient history. We invite papers on individual or collaborative projects involving such approaches as mapping, photogrammetry, G.I.S. and remote sensing, virtual reality systems, the documentation of archaeological data, and communication both in the classroom and to a wider public. Preference will be given to proposals from graduate students and junior faculty.

Interested speakers (20 minutes maximum) should submit an abstract of no more than 500 words together with a brief C.V. to awmc@unc.edu by September 19, 2018 (please enter “DigCart Abstract” in the message subject line). Those whose papers are selected will be notified by October 1st.

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2017-2018 Annual Report

July 30, 2018 in Report

5-1-2017 to 4-30-2018

ANCIENT WORLD MAPPING CENTER (http://awmc.unc.edu)

This year too has been an extremely active one for the Center.  Not only did the range of ongoing activities continue very productive, but it also expanded, especially in collaboration with external partners.

The Center continued to create a wide variety of commissioned maps, for both publications and a museum exhibit.   Among the large commissions were nine maps for Fred Naiden’s Soldier, Priest, and God, six for Taco Terpstra’s Trade in the Ancient Mediterranean: Private Order and Public Institutions, five for Lukas De Blois’ Image and Reality of Roman Imperial Power in the Third Century AD: Impact of War, and four for the antiquities collection of the University Museum, Oxford, MS.

As part of the longstanding collaboration with the Pleiades Project at New York University, Center staff participated in several Pleiades educational workshops.  Director Lindsay Holman and Associate Director Gabriel Moss led tutorials on how to utilize Pleiades and mapping applications at the Pelagios Commons and Pleiades Pedagogy Workshop organized at the University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, in November.  Both also spoke about the Center’s collaboration with Pleiades at the Workshop: “Turning Spatial with Pleiades: Creating, Teaching and Publishing Maps in Ancient Studies” during the January 2018 Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America.

Substantial effort was devoted to expanding the Maps for Texts series launched last year. As a result, the Center has finally been able to release an interactive map of Hierokles’ Synekdemos available as an online application. This map follows Ernest Honigmann’s edition of Hierokles’ text (Brussels, 1939) and serves to supersede his four unwieldy printed outline maps.  Using the Center’s Map Tiles as its base, the new map marks all cities and regions which may be identified and located with some confidence according to the Barrington Atlas.  The interactive map application is accompanied by a documented database of all place-names in the Synekdemos.  At year’s end, the Center’s map of Theophanes’ journeys between Hermopolis and Antioch (as recorded in Rylands papyri) was due for release in summer 2018, and a completed draft of Arrian’s Periplus of the Black Sea (made at 1:750,000 scale to match the Center’s Asia Minor in the Second Century C.E.) had been sent out for expert review; its release in fall 2018 can be confidently expected.  Meantime Gabriel Moss and Laura Roberson have continued work on the major undertaking of an interactive map for books 2–6 of Pliny the Elder’s Natural History to accompany the new English translation in preparation by Brian Turner (former Center Director) and Richard Talbert.

This year the Center expanded its partnership (at no cost) with the United States Committee for the Blue Shield.  Numerous well-qualified interns (Olwen Blessing, Lacey Hunter, Alexa Kennedy, Ad Lane, Kurt Nelson, Kimberly Oliver, Michael Purello and Kelly Williams) assisted with this project under the direction of Gabriel Moss and Alexander Griffin (Assistant Director of the Cultural Heritage Protection Project).  These interns worked on developing “no-strike lists”, inventories of cultural heritage sites in active or potential war zones, to be utilized by USCBS which in turn coordinates with the United States and allied militaries to protect these sites from human destruction.

Lindsay Holman and Peter Raleigh assisted with preparation of a new book by Richard Talbert Challenges of Mapping the Classical World (Routledge, forthcoming fall 2018), in which the Barrington Atlas and the Center feature prominently.  Work was also done to assist Talbert’s initiative to study the mapping of Asia Minor during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, by Hienrich and Richard Kiepert in particular.  Peter Raleigh produced interactive locator outlines for Heinrich’s Specialkarte vom Westlichen Kleinasien and Richard’s Karte von Kleinasien, while Leah Hinshaw made a start on the complex challenge of identifying and annotating the changes introduced for each successive edition of Richard’s Karte.

The Center is now close to finalizing a three-year partnership agreement with the Sovraintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali, Roma Capitale, Italy, for joint documentation and study of Rome’s Forma Urbis, the Severan Marble Map or Plan of Rome; a location in which to display its fragments is being actively developed.  Also collaborating in this partnership are Profs. Ryan Shaw (UNC School of Information and Library Science) and Elizabeth Wolfram Thill (Director, Program in Classical Studies, Indiana University–Purdue University, Indianapolis).  The Center has already commissioned a key step for advancing this initiative: the creation (upcoming) of a very high-resolution photogrammetric image of the wall on which the Map was originally displayed.

In order to assist planning for Routledge’s revised edition of Richard Talbert’s Atlas of Classical History (1985) by co-editors Benet Salway and Hans van Wees (both at University College London), Lauren Taylor drafted several models which demonstrate – among other improvements only made practical by digital cartography – the potential of rethinking the scale and scope of certain maps in the original edition and of adding color.  During a visit to the U.K. in April for various purposes, Lindsay Holman was able to discuss these ongoing experiments rewardingly with both co-editors.

Given the success of the conference held by the Center in 2016, plans have been developed for another.  It is scheduled for November 2018, and is sponsored jointly with Duke University’s Departments of Classical Studies and of Art and Art History and Visual Studies.

The contributions made by the Center’s expanded workforce this year have been outstanding: two graduate students (Gabriel Moss, Peter Raleigh) and five undergraduates (Dara Baldwin, Leah Hinshaw, Andie Migden, Laura Roberson, Lauren Taylor).  After two years as cartographic assistants, Laura and Lauren are both now graduating and will be greatly missed.  Having completed a remarkable first year as Director, Lindsay Holman will continue in this position for 2018–2019.

Lindsay Holman

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Valuable New Tabula Imperii Byzantini Resource (Dig-TIB)

July 27, 2018 in Interest, Publication

A database of all place names in Tabula Imperii Byzantini I–9 is now available at https://tib.oeaw.ac.at/index.php?seite=digtib

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New Entry in Maps for Texts Series

June 21, 2018 in Publication

The Center is pleased to announce a new entry in our Maps for Texts Series. The single, static map (available via dropbox) plots Theophanes’ journeys between Hermopolis and Antioch in the early fourth century C.E., as recorded in the Rylands Papyri. The map is based on the edition by Colin Roberts (1952), and the translation by John Matthews, The Journey of Theophanes: Travel, Business, and Daily Life in the Roman East (2006). The name-forms and dates marked are as in the papyri.

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Impact of Empire 14, Roman Landscapes, 12-15 June, Call for Papers

May 9, 2018 in Conference

The fourteenth workshop of the network Impact of Empire will take place in Mainz (Germany), June 12-15, 2019, with as its subject: The impact of Empire on Roman landscapes.
Committee: Marietta Horster, Olivier Hekster & Alexandra Busch
The subject on „Roman Landscapes“ addresses the world outside the cities and focuses upon how space becomes “Roman”: The impact of Rome on the shaping and structuring of space, the symbolic,  literary, political and legal creation of a Roman landscape, changes in the cultivation of land related to the Roman dominance.
Many subjects can be favourably explored, but to ensure coherence we will limit our choice of proposals to the following topics:
1. Mapping the Roman World: concepts and practices (traditional region or ethne/kingdom and province: space, natural and political borders; …)
3. Narratives of Roman landscapes (e.g. Georgica; Greek novel; Pompeian wall painting; artificial landscapes in villas; otium)
4. Rituals of integrating landscape into the Roman World (e.g. cult rituals and processions, centuriation, colony foundation)
5. Symbols marking a landscape as Roman (e.g. milestones; Roman villae; monumental cenotaphs and festivals; streets and aqueducts; military camps and canabae)
6. Appropriation by exploitation of land and natural resources (e.g. mining, drainage of marsh-land; artificial harbours; terracing; military food supply; diversification and intensification of agriculture)
We invite both established and early career scholars interested in presenting a paper or a poster to send the provisional title, a short summary (c. 100-150 words) of their paper or poster and brief biographical note to roman.landscape@uni-mainz.de .
About 20 participants of the workshop will read a paper; c. 5 participants will present a poster. Speaking time: 25 minutes. Only papers which directly address the issues raised in this call for paper can be considered for selection.
Deadline for the submission of proposals for paper / poster: 30 August, 2018. 
Papers, if of sufficient quality, will be published in the proceedings of the workshop, by Brill, Leiden – Boston.
Participants are expected to cover their travel expenses, though there may be a few stipends for especially junior scholars who cannot get reimbursement from their home institutions. The organizers are going to offer accommodation and lunches to the speakers and some meals.