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.  Two books recently finished for Oxford University Press are forthcoming early in 2017 (see below).  Nearing completion are maps of Ptolemy, Table of Important Cities, and Hierokles, Synekdemos.  For the online fifth edition of the Oxford Classical Dictionary in preparation, Richard Talbert serves as area editor for geography.  During summer 2017, with Michael Maas (Rice University), he will direct at UNC a four-week Institute for college and university teachers Migration and Empire: The Roman Experience from Marcus Aurelius to Muhammad funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit here for information and updates.

Some Notable Publications

  • Roman Portable Sundials: The Empire in Your Hand (Oxford University Press, forthcoming January 2017)
  • Mercury’s Wings: Exploring Modes of Communication in the Ancient World (co-edited with F. S. Naiden, Oxford University Press, forthcoming March 2017)
  • 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)
  • Ancient Perspectives: Maps and Their Place in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome (Chicago University Press, 2012)

Graduate Students Advised by Richard Talbert

Note: 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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