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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,, 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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.