Class maps depicting ancient landscapes, physical culture, languages and related themes are essential teaching and learning tools in a variety of settings. The AWMC has been working on a new series of class maps suitable for print or digital representation. These maps are keyed to the study of the ancient world. This article provides a brief overview of status of that project, and also lists relevant wall maps currently available from other sources.

The AWMC Class Maps Project

In 2005, Tom Elliott, Richard Talbert and Chris Smith developed and presented the Center’s first prototype “wall map” of Roman Italy at the annual meeting of CAMWS. Five years later, in 2010, the Center is pleased to announce the production of seven class maps edited by Richard Talbert, Elizabeth Robinson and Ross Twele. To purchase the maps please visit the Routledge Press page by clicking here.

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
  • 2. (70 x 50) Egypt and the Near East, 1200 to 500 BCE. Scale: 1:1,750,000
  • 3. (66 x 48) Greece and the Aegean in the Fifth Century BCE. Scale: 1:750,000
  • 4. (65 x 35) Greece and Persia in the Time of Alexander the Great. Scale: 1:4,000,000
  • 5. (70 x 58) Italy in the Mid-First Century CE. Scale: 1:775,000
  • 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).
  • 7. (75 x 56) The Roman Empire around 200 CE. Scale: 1:3,000,000

• 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.
The Center is keenly aware that many other such maps of this, or comparable, type could be produced, and it certainly intends to provide more. For more information, contact the Ancient World Mapping Center at awmc@unc.edu www.routledge.com/classicalstudies

Maps Available from Other Sources

At present the AWMC does not produce or endorse wall maps, but we have compiled the following list of suppliers and publishers who advertize them for sale. If you are aware of any errors or omissions in this list, please contact us at awmc@unc.edu.

We received help in preparing this list from: Gabriel Bodard (Thesaurus Linguae Gracae), James Helm (Oberlin College), Alfred M. Kriman (University of Notre Dame), Ginny Lindzey (Texas Classical Association), Susann S. Lusnia (Tulane University), Michael Porter (Casco Bay Assyriological Institute), Janice Siegel (Temple University) and James Spinti (Eisenbrauns). For invaluable information on a broad range of instructional materials for teaching and learning in classics (maps, books, slides, overheads, cdroms, posters, tapes, etc.), make sure you consult Prof. Siegel’s invaluable Audio-Visual Resources for Classics Database.

  • The American Classical League’s Teaching Materials and Resource Center publishes and provides hundreds of teaching aids for teachers of the Classics at all levels, including wall maps and posters. In September 2004, the on-line catalog listed some of the Routledge Classical Wall Maps (see below), as well as imported Italian maps of archaic and imperial Rome, and a large number of teaching kits that include maps and geographic materials.
  • Applause Learning ResourcesForeign Language Classroom Maps
    From the main page, do a product search for “map.” You will have to scroll through the result set to find maps relevant to the Latin classroom, but the size of the list is not unmanageable. Publishers of these maps are not indicated; some may be the same as those listed elsewhere in this article.
  • Eisenbrauns
    Eisenbrauns provides a number of maps relevant to the ancient Near East and Biblical studies. These are best discovered by searching from the main page for items with the word “map” in the title. Highlights include site and regional maps produced by the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Survey of Israel.
  • Augustan Rome
    Two color maps of Augustan Rome (one at a scale of 1:6,000 and another of the central area of the city at 1:3,000) are available from the Editor of the Journal of Roman Archaeology. These are the same maps that accompany L. Haselberger, et al. Mapping Augustan Rome , JRA Supplementary Series 50, ISBN 1-887829-50-4 .
  • George F. Cram Co., Inc.
    The educational map division provides a number of maps and globes for students and teachers.
    Update, 4 Nov 2004: The latest print catalog (2004-2005, Issue #138) from George F. Cram includes a number of relevant history wall maps (e.g., “The Roman World, 14 AD ”, as well as other useful teaching materials (e.g., a video entitled “Greece: Urbanization and the Environment,” which permits students to explore ancient cities and see how they have been affected by the environment). Many of these items are not listed in Cram’s on-line catalog. To request a print catalog, call 1-800-640-7288 or 1-317-635-5564, or write: George F. Cram Co.Inc.P.O. Box 426, Indianapolis, IN 46206
  • GEO S.mile: maps worldwide
    is the on-line marketing arm of the venerable Klett-Perthes map publishing firm. They provide a wide range of maps, including a number of History maps of the ancient world..
  • The Near East in the Neo-Assyrian Period
    A large, color map (70.4 x 102 cm) is available separately, rolled, and can be ordered from the publisher. This is the same map that comes folded with the Casco Bay Assyriological Institute’s Helsinki Atlas of the Near East in the Neo-Assyrian Period , which includes 33 additional maps, bibliography and a gazetteer. Details and ordering instructions are on the web page linked above … scroll down the page a bit.
  • Nystrom: Herff Jones Education Division
    Nystrom produces a number of classroom maps sets, including a 32-map World History Series.
  • Rand McNally, Educational Products Division (k12online.com)
    Rand McNally produces a wide range of world history and foreign language maps. Select “The School Store”, then “Store Directory”, then under “Specialty Maps” choose (e.g.) “History-World” then select the corresponding “go” button. You’ll get a full list of their available products, with descriptions and prices. These materials are not available via Rand McNally’s main site unless you select the “Education/K12” link, which takes you to k12online.com.
  • Classical Wall Maps from Routledge
    Routledge markets five classical wall maps produced under the editorship of Richard Stoneman in the late 1980s and early 1990s.