Richard J. A. Talbert

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Talbert2014picWilliam Rand Kenan, Jr. Professor

516 Hamilton Hall
CB# 3195
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599
919.962.3942 (phone)


MA, PhD Cambridge University, 1972
LittD Cambridge University, 2003
Corresponding Member of the German Archaeological Institute, 2005

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

At present Richard Talbert’s research focuses primarily on Greek and Roman spatial perceptions (physical and cultural), and on mapping the classical world. He oversees the Ancient World Mapping Center ( He is currently completing a monograph Roman Portable Sundials: The Empire in Your Hand, and a volume co-edited with Fred Naiden, Exploring Communications in the Ancient World: An Oxford Handbook. He is preparing for re-issue a selection of his earlier writings entitled Transformations in Mapping the Classical World, and co-authoring with Grant Parker Travel in the Roman Mind. For the online fifth edition of the Oxford Classical Dictionary in preparation, he serves as area editor for geography. In fall 2014 he is Halls Visiting Scholar at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Some Notable Publications

  • Moses Finley in America: The Making of an Ancient Historian (American Journal of Philology special issue, vol. 135.2 [2014], co-edited with Fred Naiden)
  • A Brief History of the Romans (second, expanded edition, Oxford University Press, 2014)
  • Ancient Perspectives: Maps and Their Place in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome (Chicago University Press, 2012)

Graduate Students Advised by Richard Talbert

Note: In 2015 applicants should not name Richard Talbert as their prospective adviser.

Courses Offered (as schedules allow)

For current course listings, consult the Registrar’s Schedule of Classes.

  • HIST 106—Survey of Ancient History
  • HIST 226—History of Rome
  • HIST 425—Roman History, 154 B.C.–14 A.D.
  • HIST 427—The Early Roman Empire, 14 A.D.–193 A.D.
  • HIST 428—The Later Roman Empire, 193 A.D.–378 A.D.
  • HIST 752—History of Rome, 27 B.C.–180 A.D. (seminar)
  • HIST 910—Seminar


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